Tesco CEO sees climate change as opportunity for retailers
New York City Climate change will be one of the key growth drivers for retailers in the coming years, said Sir Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco PLC, in a presentation Tuesday at the National Retail Federation’s 99th Annual Convention & Expo.
“The science seems incontrovertible,” Leahy said. “We now have got to shift the whole basis of consumption to low carbon. It won’t be less consumption — people want a better life — but it will be different consumption.”
For retailers, the shift to reduced carbon consumption represents a significant business opportunity, according to Leahy.
“Those retail businesses who respond first and best to the consumer’s need for low-carbon products and low-carbon living in an affordable way will do the best,” he said. “It is an opportunity for us all.”
Shop-Rite unveils 276 kilowatt solar-power system
Keasbey, N.J. ShopRite announced Wednesday the installation of a solar-power system to reduce energy consumption and lower the environmental impact of its Garwood, N.J., store. This environmentally based renovation consists of the mounting of 1,024 solar panels — each fixed to the roof of the store — that will produce approximately 303,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to power in-store refrigeration and lighting. The new solar-panel system is expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 200 tons annually.
“This solar-panel installation allows us to build sustainable practices into our business while still providing quality service and comfort to our customers,” stated James Sumas, CEO of Village Super Market, which owns and operates the ShopRite of Garwood. “We recognize that our customers look for a shopping experience that not only offers them service and value but that also fulfills their desire to do what’s right for the environment. We will continue to look for new ways in which to reduce our environmental impact and to maintain an environmentally responsible store.”
The company tapped Rockaway, N.J.-based The Solar Center to install the photovoltaic system.
Philips to host sustainable lighting seminar
Tupelo, Miss. The Philips Day-Brite Lighting Institute announced it will be holding a sustainable lighting design seminar at its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified facility in Tupelo, Miss., on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29.
According to Philips, the seminar is designed for owners, facility or energy managers, architects, engineers, lighting designers, end-users and others in the lighting industry that are currently supporting energy initiatives that lead to more environmentally responsible projects.
The seminar will focus on cutting-edge ideas in design, new technology developments in luminaires, the use of alternative lighting systems, and improvements in development and manufacturing techniques that offer continuous improvement in energy performance.
Topics will include ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1, LEED and EPACT 2005.