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Sainsbury's gains award for green retail innovation

Published:  23 July, 2008

Food and drinks retailer Sainsbury's has received an award from the Energy Saving Trust for its commitment to eco-friendly product delivery methods.

The supermarket will have 20% of all urban home-shopping delivery vans electric by September 2008 and wants the whole fleet of around 100 vehicles electric by 2010.

It uses zero-emission vans from Smith Electric Vehicles and has been trialling the electric vans since 2005.

A spokeswoman for the Energy Saving Trust said: "Sainsbury's Online are taking the lead in developing the market for these vehicles.

"Providing demand for electric vehicles increases their penetration in the market place, pushes the technology forward and helps to make them more mainstream. This kind of commitment provides a welcome boost to the electric vehicle industry.

"Further CO2 benefits come from Sainsbury's customers using the delivery service rather than driving to the store in their own vehicle."