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Supermarket giant ASDA is on track for every one of its stores to save the equivalent of 62 households’ annual energy consumption by the end of the year, having invested £12 million in projects designed to save energy in its 313 stores across the UK. 

The total energy saved year on year will be equivalent to more than 80 million kWh, the annual amount of energy used to power towns the size of Dartford, Hereford or Widnes*, saving more than 34,000 tonnes of carbon. 

This record energy saving will be achieved despite ASDA opening more than 700,000 sq ft of new retail space this year, and the UK experiencing soaring temperatures over the last twelve months, which traditionally pushes energy consumption up for stores’ air conditioning and refrigeration systems. 

This is the first time the supermarket has seen its energy consumption drop year on year and the amount of energy saved will slash 10 per cent off the company’s energy consumption forecast for this year.   

Raising awareness amongst its 150,000 colleagues of how energy can be saved has been key to ASDA’s success and the supermarket has developed the role of an “Energy Guru” in every one of its stores to help hit its ambitious target. 


They are tasked with evaluating every plug socket, light bulb and power supply to make sure it is being put to the most energy efficient use. 

The Energy Gurus report into ASDA’s divisional energy managers, part of the supermarket’s dedicated energy team that is responsible for raising energy awareness, identifying & implementing energy saving projects, monitoring store energy usage and carrying out in-store energy surveys.  

They are also responsible for ensuring that car park lighting is not left on when the store is closed, that all lights are switched off where necessary, bakery equipment is not being turned on unnecessarily, cold room doors are kept closed and all fans, heating and air conditioning are turned off when not in use. 

Archie MacDougall, ASDA’s head of energy, said: “Here at ASDA, we’re committed to managing our impact on climate change and it also makes sound business sense to reduce our energy costs.  

“All our colleagues can make a real difference and by doing a few simple things, like switching off lighting that isn’t needed or turning off a dripping tap, the energy we can save across our store network is huge and the effect it’ll have on reducing our impact on climate change is considerable.” 

Richard Bawden, Trade Partnerships Manager at the Energy Saving Trust comments: “We’re very pleased that ASDA are taking this initiative and thinking about the environment. They are setting a good example not only to other businesses but also to their customers and communities.  

“Almost half of the carbon dioxide emissions – one of the greenhouse gases causing climate change – come from things we all do everyday in our own homes.


"Things like leaving the TV on standby, or using the car for short journeys, all waste energy, money and result in needless carbon dioxide emissions.  

“If we all commit to saving 20% of the energy we use everyday, together we can help the environment and help prevent climate change.


"So why not follow ASDA’s example and become an Energy guru in your own home – making sure your family is doing simple energy saving measures such as turning appliances off standby and switching lights off when leaving the room?”


This is just one of 900 store projects that ASDA is currently undertaking to improve energy efficiency, including the installation of new movement-sensitive lighting systems and centrally controlled heating and air conditioning systems which will save millions of units of energy. 


Posted in Press Centre on 11 November 2006