Energy efficiency measures to help shopping centres, retail parks and shops save money and energy

Energy efficiency measures to help shopping centres, retail parks and shops save money and energy

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Energy Efficiency in shopping centres, retail parks, industry

Stores and retail facilities in the EU could benefit from up to 50% in energy savings thanks to the measures identified by the EU-funded project Night Hawks. These include measures such as turning beverage coolers off at night and replacing lamps with LEDs to reduce night time energy waste. A guidebook with best cases comprises the potential savings identified during “night walks” i.e. on-site energy surveys held at times when businesses are closed to the public.

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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