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Ireland's First "eco" Store Unveiled in Tramore, County Waterford

Tesco Ireland today unveiled its first environmental store ("eco store") in Tramore, County Waterford, which is to be officially opened to the public next week. The 30,000 sq ft store will use 45% less energy than a supermarket of a similar size saving 420 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum, a 30% annual reduction. The first official visitor to the store was Waterford TD and Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Martin Cullen.

Following the visit, Minister Cullen said: "I am delighted that Tramore is home to Ireland's first eco store, a store which is also bringing 93 jobs to the community. Tesco Ireland has identified innovative measures to lower emissions and should be congratulated for making a substantial effort, with this new building, for adopting sustainable environmental practices."

Minister Cullen added: "The community also benefits from initiatives of this kind as great awareness can be raised locally of the daily impacts on the environment. Companies like Tesco Ireland who embrace sustainable measures as an integral part of their business plans, not only improve efficiencies and make cost savings, but their efforts are important for the country's green economy and its contribution towards global sustainability."

Dermot Breen, Director of Corporate Affairs, Tesco Ireland on welcoming the Minister to the new facility said: "As a business we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and last year we set ourselves a number of goals including a 50% reduction in carbon use by 2020. The programme also includes an investment of €30 million in environmental measures throughout our business.

"The new "eco" store at Tramore is a key part of our overall environmental strategy and will help us understand the feasibility of standardising green initiatives in new stores and throughout the rest of our business", he said.

The new store is the first supermarket in Ireland to be designed to the internationally recognised PassivHaus standard. This form of design focuses on reducing energy consumption using the very highest levels of insulation throughout the building as well as recycling over 70% of the heat used in the store's ventilation system.

A state of the art tri-generation Combined Heat and Power Unit will heat and provide additional electrical power for the store. This state of the art gas burning system generates electricity and then uses the waste heat used in the generation process to heat the store. In summer this process will also help provide chilled water.

The 30,000 sq ft structure is supported by a wooden frame with timber harvested from sustainable forests. This feature has saved over 400 tonnes of carbon dioxide when compared to a conventional steel frame for a building of similar size. Sky lights will increase the amount of natural light entering the store while solar panels will help power the bank of cash registers. An environmentally friendly carbon dioxide refrigeration system will be used in all fridges and freezers using 15% less energy than a conventional system.

Since announcing its Strategy for the Environment and Carbon Reduction last year Tesco Ireland has been investing and trialling new technologies in its 111 stores across the country and as a result has developed a more sustainable blueprint for its new buildings. This includes an extensive energy management programme with Energy Champions appointed locally to all stores.

The company also recently introduced carbon labelling to a number of own brand products.


For further information please contact:
Tesco Corporate Affairs on 01 215 2661

Notes to editor:

PassivHaus: The Passive House (Passiv Haus) standard is a low energy building design system which significantly drives down energy consumption in structures. The standard has an extremely rigorous set of requirements that must be independently verified in order for a building to be classified as a Passive House

Other environmental features that already feature in a number of stores

Motion Sensitive Lighting: The lighting in storage and office areas within the store will use Passive Infra Red technology. PIR lighting control uses motion detectors and the lighting automatically switches off when no one is in the room.

Daylight Control: Daylight sensitive lighting controls will also be used on the shopfloor. The lighting automatically dims reduces when it is bright and increases when it becomes darker,

Cold air retrieval: Used cold air from refrigerated aisles will be redistributed to other warmer areas in the store. This reduces the need for air conditioning.
Rainwater Harvesting: Rainwater from the roof is recycled and used in the stores toilet systems. It is estimated that enough rainwater will be saved each year to fill over 6,500 bathtubs

Other Information

Supporting local suppliers is very much part of the business ethos of Tesco Ireland and Waterford is no different. Local suppliers to the new store include Flahavans, Country Style Foods, Snowcream, Broadway Bagels, Rathmoylan Eggs, McGraths Jams, Bradys Salads. Their presence will be highlighted in store by the Waterford County Colours.

A report by Indecon International Economic Consultants published last year confirmed that Tesco contributes €2.5 billion per year to the Irish economy and that the company supports almost 27,000 jobs between direct and indirect employment. Tesco group is the biggest buyer of Irish food in the world, accounting for Irish food exports of €655 million annually. This makes Tesco the second biggest market for Irish food exports ahead of Germany, France and USA.