Sainsbury's shines a light on LED energy savings

By Paul Crewe on 25 January 2013

Leek - LED Lighting

In a world-first for Sainsbury’s and GE Lighting, customers at its new Leek supermarket are the first to shop under GE’s latest energy efficient LED system. The first supermarket installation in the world of GE’s Lumination™ Linear Suspended lighting, which includes daylight sensors to optimise natural daylight, will deliver a 59% lighting energy saving and help the leading retailer to reduce the new store’s carbon footprint.

It also provides an enhanced shopping experience for customers, with uniform light across the store and less glare from the flooring.   Other benefits include a substantial reduction in maintenance costs due to the far longer life of an LED system compared to a traditional system. 

Paul Crewe, Sainsbury’s Head of Sustainability, said: “Finding a lighting solution that won’t compromise our customers’ shopping experience yet can help reduce our environmental impact and deliver reduced carbon and energy savings is key to us achieving our stretching carbon target.  Together with GE we’re delighted to be announcing another world-first supermarket installation of a highly innovative technology for our stores. 

“We originally trialled the world-first installation of the new LED system in one of our local convenience stores in Scotland late last year and the initial findings were so positive that we decided to install it in our new Leek supermarket.  We are confident that it will deliver an enhanced shopping experience as well as significant energy savings.  We will be monitoring its performance closely over the coming months as a potential technology for carbon reduction in our stores.”

Mike Barrett, General Manager at GE Lighting, said: “Sainsbury’s is again leading the drive for carbon reduction.  Sainsbury’s Leek demonstrates how LED can be leveraged to optimise energy and maintenance savings at no cost to the customer experience”. 

Sainsbury’s has invested in a number of new technologies in its stores to help it reduce its absolute operational carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2020.  The new Leek store also features:  

  • A biomass boiler to heat the store and hot water - the boiler uses a renewable resource (e.g. wood chips or pellets) instead of using fossil fuel-based gas
  • Rainwater harvesting and other water saving measures reducing water consumption by 45%, compared to a store built in 2005/06
  • Natural refrigeration for fridges and freezers (CO2) reducing carbon emissions by 33%
  • Comprehensive customer recycling facilities
  • Zero food waste to landfill 



About the article

  • Posted on: 25 January 2013
  • Type of article: Press release


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