Friday, December 18, 2009

Tesco Opens Zero-carbon Supermarket

Latest green effort by British grocery company

U.K.-based grocery retailer Tesco has opened a location that it says is the world’s first “zero-carbon” supermarket. Located in Ramsey, England, the store was built on a frame made from sustainable timber and has skylights calibrated to allow in natural lighting without raising the heat level. Other features include through strategically located vents that use outside air to reduce cooling expenses; an on-site generator that runs on renewable materials, including spent vegetable oil; and low-emissions refrigeration units.

In September, Tesco subsidiary Fresh & Easy opened its first LEED gold certified store, located in Cathedral City, Calif. When compared to energy used at other supermarkets, Fresh & Easy uses roughly 32 percent less energy per square foot across its 130 locations.

For the third quarter ended November 28, the supermarket giant reported same-stores sales in the U.K. rose 2.8 percent. Group sales during the period increased 8.8 percent. “Our investment in growth - in new space and from the two acquisitions last year - is providing us with good momentum and a strong platform for the future,” says ceo Sir Terry Leahy.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Neeru's Facade Presentation

McDonald's rolls out 'green' logo in Europe

McDonald’s Corp. said Monday it is swapping its traditional red backdrop for a deep hunter green to promote a more eco-friendly image in Europe.

According to the quick-serve chain, about 100 German McDonald's restaurants will make the change by the end of 2009. Some franchises in Great Britain and France have already started using the new color scheme.

"This is not only a German initiative but a Europe-wide initiative," Martin Nowicki, McDonald's Germany spokesman, told The Associated Press.

McDonald’s has more than 32,000 restaurants in 118 countries and has long been targeted by activists as being environmentally unfriendly.

Still, in recent years the company has warmed to "greener" practices, including environmentally friendly refrigeration and converting used oil into biodiesel fuel.

"With this new appearance we want to clarify our responsibility for the preservation of natural resources. In the future we will put an even larger focus on that," Hoger Beek, vice chairman of McDonald's Germany, said in the statement.

In Germany, McDonald's has seen significant growth despite the global economic crisis, opening 42 new restaurants this year for a total of 1,350.

The chain plans to open another 40 new restaurants across Germany in 2010, encouraged by a worldwide revenue of $23.5 billion.

Green with Envy ( Press release )