SuperSmart, a three-year project funded by the European Union, has published a new report to argue the case for a future voluntary EU Ecolabel on Food Retail Stores. The 186-page report, for which shecco has contributed a chapter on market trends and available certification schemes for sustainable buildings, is an excellent summary of environmental, technological and social aspects in building, equipping and maintaining Europe’s future food retail stores.
The report “Development of the EU Ecolabel criteria for food retail stores” is the first of two reports to provide relevant background information for the development of a future EU Ecolabel for supermarkets. It consists of an analysis of the scope, definitions and description of the legal framework; a market analysis; and an overview of existing technical Life Cycle Assessment studies. The report reveals the significant environmental impact of food retail stores and their potential to be optimised by way of fulfilling a set of criteria under the voluntary EU Ecolabel. The report can be downloaded from the SuperSmart project website: http://www.supersmart-supermarket.info/downloads/
“This new report is a first concrete step to convince the EU Ecolabeling Board that a voluntary but ambitious label for the food retail sector will drive innovation,“ says Nina Masson, Chief Strategy Advisor for Special Projects at shecco and co-author of the chapter for market analysis and available certification schemes for energy, environmental management and sustainable building practice.
“Driven by regulatory change, food retailers and their partners for refrigeration, cooling, heating and integrated energy management are challenged to think ahead. They might use this future EU Ecolabel as a way to showcase their efforts towards their customers, and make sure they stay ahead of the curve for technology choice, environmental management best practices and a life cycle approach,” she adds.
The document, written by 17 authors from eight project partners, features the following topics:
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SuperSmart team is continuously working on defining the the criteria for Europe’s future sustainable food retail stores. The next set of criteria, in the area of the building’s energy use and environmental factors (buildings, energy management systems, lighting, use of renewable energies etc.), are currently being developed n cooperation with the EU-wide network of voluntary experts. If you are interested in joining this Labeling Board, or simply to provide input to the Ecolabel development, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About the EU Ecolabel
The EU Ecolabel, or “ecoflower”, was introduced in 1992 by the European Commission to develop a voluntary, EU-wide environmental labelling scheme that consumers could trust. The award scheme considers the environmental impact of products, services and facilities across their entire life cycle. Criteria are reviewed every 3-4 years to ensure they remain in line with science-based information and technology state-of-the-art. Most of the 38,760 products carrying the label are for household or office use. So far only two types of facilities can apply for the EU Ecolabel: tourist accommodations and campsite services. Food retail stores would be the 3rd such holistic category integrating a range of 21 categories of criteria.
SuperSmart is project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020-EE-14-2015 programme, to speed up the uptake of more energy-efficient refrigeration, heating and cooling solutions for Europe’s food retail sector by reducing its energy use, lowering its environmental footprint, and increasing its economic benefits. Two of its major aims is to provide free educational material and training sessions to the European food retail sector, and to establish the catalogue of draft criteria for a future EU Ecolabel on food retail stores. It brings to together nine partners from eight countries. More information can be found at: www.supersmart-supermarket.org
For the past 15 years market accelerator shecco has been active in helping bring climate friendly technologies faster to market. shecco supports over 150+ partners worldwide in the HVAC&R sector, where the focus is on sustainable refrigeration, heating & cooling technologies using natural refrigerants. shecco offers a variety of services in three areas: 1) media, including online industry platforms, magazines and a catalogue of dedicated research reports; 2) market development, including market research, consultancy and public affairs services, as well as special international projects; and 3) events, including international conferences and national workshops.
Chief Strategy Advisor, Special Projects