27 Oct 2008 05:10:12
'Green' Asda opens
A new Asda in Liverpool is laying claim to the title of greenest supermarket in the UK, though critics point out the shop's actual footprint is a small part of the chain's environmental impact.
The new shop in Bootle, Liverpool, opens today with one very visible difference all the refrigerated units have doors on them.
As a result, less energy is used keeping products cool and the store expects to save eight per cent on electricity bills through this measure alone.
In other stores, the supermarket has seen the doors reduce costs by 14 per cent, though in two others which had doors fitted, there were dips in sales.
As well as the doors, the new Asda features a wood-chip boiler and geothermal pumps.
But these issues only address the energy consumed and carbon emitted by the shop itself, and not the "embedded" energy or carbon in the products it sells.
Friends of the Earth campaigner Helen Rimmer said: "While green technology can improve the environmental footprint of a building, this is a small part of a supermarket's impact, which includes emissions from food freight and customer travel to stores."
The Carbon Trust has suggested the introduction of Carbon Reduction Labels on food and goods.http://tinyurl.com/66379e