Scotmid Co-operative unveiled its new energy saving store in Moredun in Edinburgh, Scotland, hailing it as one of the first major sustainability retrofits in the UK.
Scotmid Moredun has been outfitted with a range of technologies to reduce energy consumption, including a building management system that uses real-time data to make efficient use of lighting, heating and refrigeration.
The store’s lighting uses special sensors near the windows to automatically adjust to natural light levels outside, switching off when it is sunny and turning on when it is dark to save energy. The lights have been upgraded from fluorescent to LED dimmable fittings that will switch off when certain areas of the store are not in use. Even the store’s ATM has been fitted with LED lights.
Efficient heating and heat recovery systems have also been installed. The heat generated by the refrigeration units is recovered to help heat the building, while an air curtain blows out ambient air to stop heat from escaping when the store doors open.
All of the refrigerators have doors to improve their energy efficiency and are programmed to switch off when alcohol is not for sale to conserve energy.
The project received support from Zero Waste Scotland through its Resource Efficient Scotland initiative. Contractors included CBES, Climate Electrical Services, Curve Energy, KB Refrigeration and Thermal Image UK.
Other grocery stores in the UK have also implemented energy efficiency measures. The Sainsbury grocery store chain announced that its Cannock store will run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste. UK supermarket ASDA recently announced that it will use Enacto 9.3 energy monitoring and management platform in over 660 sites across the UK.