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The Migros upgraded to green greenhouses

The Migros want in the own supply chain to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide. All the Swiss producers that supply to the orange giant fruits and vegetables, is to heat in its greenhouses by the year 2025 renewable. The Migros informed about this new measure. knows the Details already: the conversion of the greenhouses, Migros cooperates with the Association of Swiss vegetable producers. The retailer, with an annual investment of 1 Million Swiss francs in the project. With the money, Migros supported the producers during the reconstruction financially. In addition, Migros ensures planning security, by providing commitment to future delivery.

Currently, the manufacturers of heating your greenhouses, a majority of petroleum or natural gas. In the future, every enterprise should use for its location, optimal Mix of renewable energy sources. Heat pumps, wood heaters, Biogas, geothermal and solar energy are in the foreground.

annual saving of up to 75'000 tonnes of carbon dioxide

greenhouses are particularly heated at the beginning and at the end of the Swiss season, to extend the time window. Migros expects the new measures with an annual saving of up to 75'000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That's the equivalent of more than 15'000 flights from Zurich to Hawaii.

One of the Migros supplier that has already been converted, the Forster group based in Pfaffnau LU. You heated your salad garden with the excess process heat of a combustion plant. Although it is clear "that we want to use for reasons of cost-efficiency of the existing heating systems as long as possible," says corporate chef Patrick Forster. With the fossil-free greenhouses, the group was on the right path. "The producers need to do their part to protect the environment."

Coop is also actively

The project of the WWF Switzerland is also involved. With the project, Migros will show together with its producers, "the phase-out of heating oil and fossil Gas is possible," says WWF-countries-in-chief Thomas Vellacott. This kind of joint efforts was necessary, "to comply with the Paris climate agreement and the need to address climate change".

competitor Coop is also active. In 2019, the reduction of the packaging for vegetables and fruits with an organic Label is in the foreground. The goal is for the products to fall, wherever possible, in bulk or with an ecological packaging.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 27.01.2019, 19:50 PM

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