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Zero Waste Scotland & Scotmid Unveil New Energy-Saving Edinburgh Store

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Zero Waste Scotland & Scotmid Unveil New Energy-Saving Edinburgh Store

Zero Waste Scotland & Scotmid Unveil New Energy-Saving Edinburgh Store
October 04
11:58 2014

Supermarket group Scotmid Co-operative unveiled a new energy-saving store in Edinburgh earlier this week.

The outlet, situated in the capital’s Mordun district, is being showcased by the company as one of the most innovative sustainable retrofits in the UK.

Fitted with state-of-the-art technologies aimed at reducing energy consumption, the store benefits from a sophisticated building management system which uses real-time data to make efficient use of essential requirements such as lighting, heating and refrigeration.

The store’s upgraded LED lighting uses special sensors to automatically adjust to outside natural light levels, switching off when it’s sunny and on when it’s dark to help save energy.

Meanwhile, the heat generated by the store’s fridges is recovered to help heat the building, while an air curtain blows out ambient air to prevent heat escaping when the store doors open.

John Brodie, Chief Executive Officer of Scotmid Co-operative (pictured, left, with Zero Waste Scotland’s Iain Gulland, far right), commented:  ‘We are proud to be opening our first eco store in Moredun, which is also one of the first energy-efficiency retrofits of its kind in the UK.

‘We’ve worked closely with Resource Efficient Scotland and our contractors to introduce as many energy-saving measures as possible, and we hope that Scotmid Moredun will be a model for what an energy-efficiency retrofit can achieve for retailers.’

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland added: ‘I’m delighted that Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland team have been able to support Scotmid with this ground-breaking project.

‘Using resources more efficiently can save businesses significant sums of money and make their operations more profitable, while  also reducing their environmental impact.

‘Scotmid has really embraced these opportunities, and the Resource Efficient Scotland team have helped them to identify the most advanced technology available to create a truly ‘smart’ store which can control its heating, lighting, refrigeration and energy use in the most efficient way possible.’

Other energy-efficient features at ScotMid’s Mordun store include:

  • Fridge doors are programmed to switch off when alcohol is not for sale to conserve energy
  • The shop’s ATM has been fitted with energy-efficient LED lights
  • CBES, Scotmid’s building contractor, minimised waste during the construction and recycled/reclaimed as much as possible

 

Visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk to find out how Zero Waste Scotland can help your business to become more energy-efficient.

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