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Retail buildings key to sustainability

18 April 2012 No Comment

Retail firms are becoming one of the key players in the fight for sustainability. Ft.com reports retailers are constantly brainstorming new ideas to stay sustainable, from “charging for carrier bags to installing less harmful refrigeration systems”.

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Sustainable initiatives

However, one of the most important techniques in the battle for sustainability is the focus on the buildings that house these supermarkets and retail outlets. For example, installing steel cladding saves retailers money on energy bills, which allows them to pump money into other sustainable initiatives.

Tesco’s energy-efficient design and low-carbon technologies

In the UK, Tesco confirmed one of its stores uses 66 per cent less energy due to its energy-efficient design and the low-carbon technologies that surround it. As a result, it wants to halve emissions per square foot in both new and existing stores by 2020.

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Walmart’s sustainability schemes and goals

In the US, Charles Zimmerman – vice-presiden of international design and construction at supermarket giant Walmart – commented on the firm’s efforts when it comes to sustainability:

“Long before any of us anywhere in the world knew what sustainability meant, we were very focused at Walmart on energy efficiency.”

Furthermore, Zimmerman suggested that if a sustainability scheme works at one store, they will attempt to roll it out across their other stores. He added:

“Everything that gets proven in these experimental stores [we] very quickly roll out to the entire portfolio.”

Zimmerman’s comments coincided with a report from huffingtonpost.com which implied that Walmart is “on track” to meet many of its sustainability goals for the future.

Author: Ashley Curtis   Date Written: 18 April 2012

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