Sainsbury's opens first eco convenience store

by Search Gate staff. Published Tue 27 Oct 2009 16:51
New Local store to boast impressive green credentials

Sainsbury’s first environmentally friendly convenience store, opening in Bath city centre in early November, will save enough energy to heat 3.5 million Taste the Difference ready meals over 15 years - an estimated 27 tonnes of CO2.

The 3,000 sq ft Local’s eco-credentials include a raft of in-store operational and embodied carbon initiatives which promote lighting, heating, ventilation, electricity and water usage reduction, as well as using various low-carbon materials in the building’s structure.

The store has even used old railway sleepers from nearby Bath Spa Station as bump rails in its warehouse. This has all ensured that it has smashed its target of achieving an energy performance certificate of ‘B’ and has been awarded an ‘A’.

The delivered Low Carbon Convenience Model will set a benchmark for future environmental convenience stores, in line with Sainsbury’s ambitious current and future sustainability aims.

The Bath SouthGate store aims to achieve:
• 90% minimum construction waste avoidance from landfill
• 25% reduction in kWh gas and electricity usage
• 50% reduction in mains water usage per sq ft sales floor

It will include the following environmental features:

Energy & water reduction initiatives
• Lower Global Warming Potential refrigerant system
• LED lighting on sales floor, in colleague areas, for emergency lighting, in cold storage rooms and in freezer cabinets
• A heat recovery system at the store entrance to stop cold air seeping out and keep warm air in
• Doors on Beers & Wines chillers
• Weir Screens and night blinds on all chillers to stop cold air seeping out, thereby saving 5% more energy than standard specifications
• Overnight ‘power off’ switch by last exit point, cutting energy to all equipment, minus chillers and alarms
• Low flushing WCs and percussion taps
• Energy metering system to measure and manage energy usage and a Power Factor Correction unit which reduces energy loss due to fluctuations such as switching on/off

Lower carbon building elements
• Eco-friendly floor screed – 80% glass floor base
• Fermacell - 100% recycled and recyclable instead of plasterboard, instead of plasterboard
• 70% recycled ceiling tiles
• 100% recycled plastic bump rails

All cardboard generated by on-site activities has been recycled and Sainsbury’s colleagues will be encouraged to work in an eco-friendly way too. They will be provided with internal bike racks and recycling facilities and will also benefit from composite table and work tops made from 80% recycled glass.

Many of the above green elements are already installed in Sainsbury’s environmentally-friendly main stores at recently opened Gloucester Quays and at flagship store, Dartmouth, which has achieved an overall CO2 emissions reduction of 54%. Various other initiatives such as biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting and efficient refrigeration are also constantly being incorporated to Sainsbury’s new store and extension schemes.

In 2008/09 Sainsbury’s energy efficiency programme resulted in an absolute reduction in carbon of 10,786 tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to 7,100 homes’ annual CO2 emissions. This achievement was reflected when the company won the Grocer magazine’s award for ‘Greenest Supermarket’ in 2008 and ‘Environmental Sustainability Award’ for its carbon footprinting tool in 2009. The tool has now been rolled out to all Sainsbury’s 325 dairy farmers and one year into the programme has achieved a reduction in carbon emissions of 5,000 tonnes of CO2.

Respect for the Environment is one of Sainsbury’s five values, which also includes making a positive difference to the community and sourcing with integrity. Amongst other initiatives, it is committed to reducing its CO2 emissions per square metre by 25% by 2015, ensuring all depots and supermarkets are connected to a zero ‘food waste to landfill’ programme by the end of this year and reducing own brand packaging weight relative to sales by 33% by 2015.

Dido Harding, Convenience Director at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re really looking forward to opening the doors of our first environmentally-friendly Local in Bath next month. As a company we take sustainability issues very seriously and are working hard to reduce energy, packaging and food waste. We hope the learnings will be put to good use in further developing our eco-friendly initiatives for our future stores and added to the standard spec.”

The store will form part of the SouthGate development, currently under construction and boasting over 50 retail outlets. A wide variety of fresh food will be available at the Sainsbury’s Local store, as well as a bakery and self-scan checkouts.

Sainsbury’s now has over 300 convenience stores and plans to open another 150 by 2017. Recent launches include new Locals at Corstorphine in Edinburgh, Bethnal Green in London, Romiley in Cheshire and Keighley Road, Bradford.

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Comments about Sainsbury's opens first eco convenience store

This all sounds amazing, its good to know such a big super market is making a difference!
Krissy, Bradley around 1 year, 10 months ago
As Floor Screeding Contractors we are being asked more & more about our green policy.
Screed Floor, London around 3 years, 9 months ago
all sounds good and congratulations; will you be including reduction costs for transport and more local sourcing?
Jean Boulton, Bath around 4 years, 2 months ago

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