New Asda Store Emits Half the Carbon of Typical Stores

by | Jun 22, 2009

asda_1A new Asda Supermarket location in Liverpool emits 50 percent as much carbon as other locations, according to a press release.

Additionally, the supermarket will send 95 percent of operational waste toward recycling or repurposing, as opposed to landfills.

The new location was built to standards from the British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREAM).

During its construction, bricks were incorporated from the former Liverpool Docks.

Energy saving aspects include:

  • self-closing mechanisms and strip curtains fitted to cold storage doors
  • compressor controls fitted to refrigerant equipment
  • low-energy lighting in cold storage rooms
  • optimization of available daylight to reduce electricity needs
  • dual flush toilets, aerated taps, passive infra red sensor urinals and low flow showers.

At least 80 percent of refrigeration units use waste heat recovery to meet part of the store’s space and water heating needs, the release states.

Additionally, a sedum roof over the store’s warehouse area provides habitat for wildlife, on top of improved insulation and water retention. The external landscaping includes locally sourced trees and plants that require minimal watering, according to the release.

Asda was ranked No. 50 among the UK’s top 60 green companies by Forster.

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