UK retailer Tesco has opened its first zero-carbon store in Ireland as part of its plans to become a zero-carbon business by 2050.
The store in Cabra, Dublin is the retailer’s fourth zero-carbon store, joining those in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, which opened in 2009, and Bourne, Lincolnshire and Welshpool, Powys, which followed in 2011.
The Cabra store features energy efficient LED lighting that adjusts to the level of daylight, rainwater collection for staff toilets and a biomass-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) system to provide heating and cooling for the store, as well as generating renewable electricity.
Tesco says the store reduces overall energy use and will, over the course of a year, transfer as much renewable energy to the national grid as it uses.
“Our zero-carbon stores are designed with both the customer and the environment in mind. This is our fourth such store in the UK and Ireland, and each time we are able to refine the design and include more innovative environmental features,” says Bukky Bird, head of engineering and environment for property services at Tesco.
With Tesco’s poor sales wiping billions off the company’s share value, every little helps.
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