In order to reduce energy consumption at night, easy to implement, no, or low-cost energy efficiency measures were proposed to the participating businesses, "I would have never thought that cooling is the major consumption of energy in my shop" said Björn Fjellström, owner of a Swedish supermarket.
In addition, training was undertaken for over 1500 personnel, including a freely available online self-study course and interactive calculators, raising awareness around energy efficiency in the retail sector. In total, 123 businesses were surveyed in Sweden, Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, Latvia, France, UK and Germany, covering a total surface area of 1,143,000 m2, with an annual consumption of 142 GWh.
Around Europe, follow up actions stemming directly from the Night Hawks project include the establishment of a Saxony-wide network of energy advisors focusing on the retail sector, as well as input to the Latvian Ministry of Economics concerning the development of criteria for mandatory energy audits in shopping centres.
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