SPAR is now setting another milestone with the inclusion of a Volvo full hybrid truck in the fleet. This will ensure that fuel consumption and C02 emissions can be reduced by 20% and the noise level by 50%
There is an increasing focus within the supply chain on reducing the impact on the environment in terms of emissions. Within SPAR there we place a particular emphasis on the reduction of the carbon footprint of our activities as a wholesalers and retailer.
The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is recognised as playing a key role in reducing global warming. SPAR is already committed to seeking measures to reduce our CO2 footprint.
Presently we focus on improving the whole supply chain in order to conduct business in an environmentally friendly way. The palette of examples reaches from modernized truck fleets with the newest motors of the EURO 5 Standards in Switzerland, or the use of recycled CO2 as a fuel substitute instead of diesel for chilled transport in the Netherlands to our SPAR warehouses and stores.
The cost of energy has seen retailers launching initiatives to minimise the consumption of energy, which in turn has a beneficial impact on carbon emissions. Examples of initiatives already underway include low energy lighting, installing energy efficient equipment and reducing the use of electricity for heating and cooling.
Energy has the greatest impact on the environment in terms of greenhouse gases. Thus, we have to find sustainable ways to decrease the environmental impact of our energy consumption. Lighting and refrigeration constitute over 50% of total energy use in the average supermarket.
Consequently, supermarket retailers are focusing on energy monitoring systems and energy saving initiatives such as LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, sustainable cooling and heating systems as well as an overall energy efficient store management and use of technologies such as solar panels.
SPAR seeks to minimise the environmental impact of our new buildings over their life span. This applies to both retail outlets and distribution centres and offices.
Where applicable we use environmentally friendly and natural building materials, and also design buildings to be energy efficient. Among others, projects are designed to reduce energy use by extracting energy from ground water and increasing the use of natural light in buildings.
In SPAR Austria two climate audition certified stores have been opened, which feature the newest sustainable construction methods and innovative energy saving equipment inside.
The cost of waste collection and disposal have become major cost factor in our business. This has prompted an intensive focus throughout the whole food industry on eliminating, reducing and recycling waste.
SPAR consistently seeks to outperform our national targets. The approaches adapted vary by country, reflecting national legislation and infrastructural arrangements.
An example to show our commitment to recycle, is one of the SPAR recycling centre from A.F. Blakemore Logistics which increased the total amount of waste it recycles from 85% to 95% since 2006. This has led to a reduction of waste sent to landfill from 305 tonnes to 123 tonnes over the same period.