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SPAR Strategy to Sustain

Within SPAR we are constantly doing our best to minimise our impact on the environment. By reducing our CO2 footprint and implementing initiatives to reduce the impact of our business on the environment, we can make a difference. Throughout the supply chain, from warehouse to packaging disposal, recycing waste paper is becoming part of daily life. 

These initiatives include the introduction of re-useable shopping bags, becoming more efficient with transport methods and the monitoring through to the reduction of energy use and carbon emissions in our buildings.

 
 
Emissions
There is an increasing focus within the supply chain on reducing the impact on the environment in terms of emissions. Within SPAR there we place a particular emphasis on the reduction of the carbon footprint of our activities as a wholesalers and retailer. 

The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is recognised as playing a key role in reducing global warming. SPAR is already committed to seeking measures to reduce our CO2footprint. 

Presently we focus on improving the whole supply chain in order to conduct business in an environmentally friendly way. The palette of examples reaches from modernized truck fleets with the newest motors of the EURO 5 Standards in Switzerland, or the use of recycled CO2 as a fuel substitute instead of diesel for chilled transport in the Netherlands to our SPAR warehouses and stores.
 
 
Energy
The cost of energy has seen retailers launching initiatives to minimise the consumption of energy, which in turn has a beneficial impact on carbon emissions. Examples of initiatives already underway include low energy lighting, installing energy efficient equipment and reducing the use of electricity for heating and cooling. 

Energy has the greatest impact on the environment in terms of greenhouse gases. Thus, we have to find sustainable ways to decrease the environmental impact of our energy consumption. Lighting and refrigeration constitute over 50% of total energy use in the average supermarket. 

Consequently, supermarket retailers are focusing on energy monitoring systems and energy saving initiatives such as LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, sustainable cooling and heating systems as well as an overall energy efficient store management and use of technologies such as solar panels.
 
 
Construction
SPAR seeks to minimise the environmental impact of our new buildings over their life span. This applies to both retail outlets and distribution centres and offices. 

Where applicable we use environmentally friendly andnatural building materials, and also design buildings to beenergy efficient. Among others, projects are designed to reduce energy use by extracting energy from ground water and increasing the use of natural light in buildings. 

In SPAR Austria two climate audition certified stores have been opened, which feature the newest sustainable construction methods and innovative energy saving equipment inside.
 
 
Recycling

The cost of waste collection and disposal have become major cost factor in our business. This has prompted an intensive focus throughout the whole food industry on eliminating, reducing and recycling waste. 

SPAR consistently seeks to outperform our national targets. The approaches adapted vary by country, reflecting national legislation and infrastructural arrangements. 

An example to show our commitment to recycle, is one of the SPAR recycling centre from A.F. Blakemore Logistics which increased the total amount of waste it recycles from 85% to 95% since 2006. This has led to a reduction of waste sent to landfill from 305 tonnes to 123 tonnes over the same period.

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