Energy efficient stores
Our electricity consumption has increased by only 1% in the last year, with gas consumption down 7%. Since 2006 our electricity use has increased by 8% while our selling space increased 37%. Energy reduction initiatives across the business have lead to a 21% drop in electricity usage per square metre of shop space since 2006.
Since 2006 Countdown has consistently trialled, tested and implemented energy efficient refrigeration and lighting systems. Two more recent major innovation successes have been in the area of LED lighting and Dual Path air conditioning.
Over the last two years we have been trialling suitable replacement light fittings (LED) with the intention of reducing energy consumption. This fast moving technology means a full store lighting plan, together with specialist case lighting, providing a brighter and better colour spectrum in store. Our current evaluations indicate a 50% reduction in energy consumption.
The Dual Path air conditioning system design has seen a sea change in supermarket comfort meaning we need less equipment and now have better temperature and humidity control in store - vital for an efficient refrigeration system. The original air conditioning design allowed for two 90 kilowatt (kW) units - the Dual Path system operates with only one 135kW unit.
Find out more about Countdown's efforts to reduce and maintain our carbon footprint here.