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Dino Polska goes green by harnessing the sun’s power

Dino Polska goes green by harnessing the sun’s power, ct. The Star
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Polish supermarket chain Dino Polska S.A. is to install solar panels to generate renewable energy at its new and existing stores, according to European Supermarket News. By early 2021, the retailer aims to mount photovoltaic panels on the roofs of almost 400 Dino stores throughout Poland. The total capacity of the photovoltaic panels is expected to generate an estimated 14 GWh of clean, solar electricity per year and reduce CO2 emissions by around 11,000 tons per year. Chief executive of Dino Polska S.A, Szymon Piduch, said, “Our intention is to meet the expectations of our customers. This applies not only to the development of Dino’s product offering, based on high-quality fresh products, but also to rising to global challenges and executing projects aimed at combating climate change.”

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Koppert Spain building new R&D centre in Almería

Research into microorganisms that are beneficial to agriculture will be one of the key activities to be developed at Koppert's new R&D centre.

Koppert Biological Systems, recently laid the foundation stone for a sustainable building in the Spanish town of Vícar and hopes to bring microbiological solutions closer to growers around the world.

In a press release, the company’s local sales director Valter Ceppi said the building is much more than an economic investment. “It represents Koppert’s commitment to agriculture and reflects our interest in working side by side with farmers to improve the competitiveness and commercial value of their crops.”

The Mayor of Vícar in the province of Almería, Antonio Bonilla, and Councillor María Fernández, were present at the stone laying ceremony for the new 300 m2 R&D centre which Koppert Spain is building on this site.

Commitment to natural solutions

Research into microorganisms that are beneficial to agriculture will be one of the key activities to be developed at the new R&D centre. This will strengthen Koppert’s commitment to microbiology, a field of research in which the company has already achieved major successes.

The identification of fungi and bacteria which naturally increase the growth and productivity of plants, while strengthening the natural resilience of crops against diseases that are mainly transmitted through the root, form the basis for a range of Koppert’s seed, soil and plant enhancement products.

There will be a second laboratory for entomological research (insects) and an area devoted to quality control for all the biological products which Koppert sells in Spain. The new facilities, which will open in about six months, will also have offices for researchers, a meeting and training room, a kitchen, and communal areas.

The new R&D centre will have sufficient space to accommodate both permanent staff and visitors.

The new building will be self-sufficient in terms of energy, relying on solar and wind power, and will be constructed with materials that take maximum advantage of the light and Mediterranean climate to minimise its environmental impact.