Brakes Harlow Solar

Brakes has installed a new solar panel system at its Harlow site, providing the business with its own source of renewable energy.

The new system, which was developed in partnership with landlord Tritax, will meet over 15% of the site’s current energy requirements, saving 200 tonnes of CO2 every year.

The Harlow project is the first in a renewable energy scheme that will see the company generate green power at a number of its other sites across the UK.

The company said that the roofs of its depots provided an excellent opportunity to produce clean energy and tackle climate change.

The project comes after Brakes’ parent company Sysco pledged to slash carbon emissions by 27.5% between 2019 and 2030, and move to 100% renewable electricity.

“Over the past few years, Brakes has demonstrated its willingness to take industry-leading positions on sustainability and our renewable energy programme is the latest example,” said Brakes environment director Peter Owen.

“We’re pleased to be working with suppliers and customers who share our ambition to cut emissions and tackle climate change, and every gram of carbon saved throughout the supply chain supports their targets to decarbonise.”

Tritax asset manager Petrina Austin said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Brakes on this project. Our combined ambition to progress ESG projects has enabled proactive collaboration and we’re really pleased to have procured this installation.

“We look forward to continuing these types of initiatives with Brakes in the future.”