Co-op opens new energy-saving green-grocery store in Edinburgh

 

A piper heralds the opening of Scotmid’s resource-efficient Edinburgh store, with (from left) John Brodie, Scotmid Chief Executive, David Still, Managing Director, CBES and Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland
A piper heralds the opening of Scotmid’s resource-efficient Edinburgh store, with (from left) John Brodie, Scotmid Chief Executive, David Still, Managing Director, CBES and Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland

Scotmid Co-operative has opened a new energy-saving and green-grocery store in Moredun, near Edinburgh Royal Infirmary which it claims is one of the first and most innovative major sustainability retrofits in the UK.

Scotmid Moredun has been fitted with a range of state-of-the-art technologies to reduce energy consumption. At the heart of the store’s eco innovations is a sophisticated building management system, which uses real-time data to make efficient use of its resources – such as lighting, heating and refrigeration. 

The store’s lighting uses special sensors near the windows to automatically adjust to natural light levels outside – switching off when it is sunny and turning on when it is dark to save energy. The lights have also been upgraded from fluorescent to LED dimmable fittings, to reduce energy consumption, and will switch off when certain areas of the store are not in use.

Efficient heating and heat recovery were also built in to the re-fit. Heat generated by the fridges is recovered to help heat the building, while an air curtain blows out ambient air to stop heat from escaping when the store doors open.

All of the fridges have doors to improve their energy efficiency, and are programmed to switch off when alcohol is not for sale to conserve energy and the cash-machine has also been fitted with energy efficient LED lights. The ceiling tiles are made from recycled materials and an ‘air curtain’ blows out ambient air to stop the heat from escaping when the doors open.

John Brodie, Chief Executive, Scotmid Co-operative, said: “We are immensely proud to be opening our first eco store in Moredun – which is also one of the first energy efficiency retrofit of its kind in the UK.

“From lighting that automatically turns off when it’s sunny outside, to drinks fridges that only switch on during licensing hours, we’ve introduced as many energy-saving measures as possible into the store.

“We hope that Scotmid Moredun will be a model for what an energy-efficiency retrofit can achieve for retailers.”

However, the Co-op has not disclosed the costs/ benefits of this work, nor details of any C02 emission-savings.

The project received support from Zero Waste Scotland, Climate Electrical Services Ltd, Curve Energy Ltd and Thermal Image UK.

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