The retailer has set a target of reducing energy use in its shops, offices and warehouses by 35 per cent per square foot by 2015.
Steven Palmer, project manager at Balfour Beatty, said: ‘The new LED lighting is expected to make a significant impact in helping to reduce Marks & Spencer’s non-merchandise lighting costs. The specification of Philips’ long-life, low-energy lighting systems represents significant cost savings for each store.’
In a second phase of works, which is almost complete, the stores will also get energy monitoring, intelligent lighting controls and other measures to keep energy consumption to a minimum. The retailer is also looking to develop systems to remotely manage its lighting, heating, ventilation and refrigeration, to cut energy use and maintenance.