UK supermarket giant Asda is to build a wind turbine at its Scotland, Falkirk distribution centre in a bid to generate up to three-quarters of the energy required to power the depot, following approval from Falkirk Council.

The GBP2m (US$3.45m) project is part of Asda's wider sustainability programme to build wind turbines to power select depots across the UK. The retailer aims to reduce energy requirements for its existing stores and distribution centres by 20% by 2012.

The company also plans to reduce new store energy requirements by 30% by 2010, send zero waste to landfill by 2010 and reduce carrier bag consumption by 25% by the end of 2008.

"We are clearly delighted at the Council's decision. We believe that the Falkirk site is an excellent location for one of our turbines," said Lisa Rooke, property communications manager for Asda Scotland. "The wind turbine will play a significant part of our wider sustainability strategy and demonstrates our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment."

The retailer said it will now begin the procurement process for the turbine prior to the work beginning on construction.

Asda's plans were resubmitted to Falkirk Council this year after addressing the reasons given for refusal of the application in December 2007.

A spokesperson for Asda told just-food that plans are currently underway for a further two stores: "There are two applications currently ongoing for turbines in Brecknell and Wakefield. Following this there will be others planned across the whole of the UK but it will all depend on wind speeds and the suitability of the site."