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June 2018: German retailers launch efficiency and climate protection initiative

June 2018

The German Retail Federation HDE has launched an initiative funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment to increase energy efficiency and support climate protection measures in the retail sector.

“The potential for climate protection measures can be found in every retail company, no matter whether it’s a chain of supermarkets, a butcher’s, or a tailor’s,” said State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment Jochen Flasbarth. “Investments in energy saving and resource efficiency often make good business sense for retailers. This project will help a lot of retailers on their journey to more climate protection,” he continued.

According to the association, the commercial sector consumes 35 TWh of electricity and 12 TWh of heat every year, emitting 20 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in the process. The objective of the initiative is to save 300,000 tons of CO2 by 2020.

The project’s website features check lists and guidelines to motivate small and medium-sized retailers to implement energy efficiency measures. A brochure highlights effective measures for each retail sector. For example, food retailers stand to save the most through refrigeration optimization, switching to efficient lighting, and efficient building technology.

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