11 September, 2015

Even greener

We have completed the installation of the UK’s largest, single, roof-mounted solar panel on our Castle Donington distribution centre. Spanning the site’s 84 sq metre roof, the structure will generate more than 5,000 MWh of electricity per year – the same amount of energy used to power 1,190 houses. It will lower our carbon footprint by 48,000 tonnes over 20 years and provide nearly 25% of the energy required for the fully automated distribution centre – which is big enough to hold 11 football pitches.

In March, we also unveiled our largest green wall at our Newcastle store – one of our most eco-friendly and visually impressive stores in the North-East. The most striking development is the 167sq metre green wall on the side of the building. The green wall features alongside several other eco-friendly changes in store. Intelligent door sensors and a new heat-reclaim system will all help to improve the store’s efficiency by 20% while enhancing the customer experience.

We have another green wall planned for our new Longbridge store, the largest M&S store in the West Midlands, opening later this year.

Inside M&S