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Why Supermarkets need to be energy efficient!

With such a large number of supermarkets in the UK vying for market share, this is one of the most fiercely contested industries around. At present Tesco are the leaders (with over 6k stores) of the big four which include the likes of Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons. With this competition has come the pressure to extend opening hours, which Tesco has done by opening 24 hours a day from Monday-Friday.

Why concern should be shown?

Although Tesco may already have systems in place to manage their energy efficiently, maximising output and voltage optimisation, there are other chains lagging behind under continued pressure to strive to compete with these big guns! The fear is that with competition so rife, and with other superstore chains playing ‘catch up’, costs therefore need to be focused on following Tesco’s lead in extending opening hours, and therefore increasing energy usage. This would result in all large superstores lighting, fridges, checkouts, heaters and more left on for extended periods of time. Therein lies the problem that such voltage management and energy saving measures to save wasted energy and costs may not be prioritised (or high on the boards agenda) over the potential for net profit from increased store sales! With more and more stores following this trend in being hot on the chase of Tesco’s heels, this will no doubt satisfy the public’s hunger and appetite for a 24/7 service from supermarkets showing flexibility. Such naivety from large supermarket chains and the public on the wider environmental impact that this competition could cause could have serious repercussions, not just in supermarkets not meeting energy targets, but also from further damaging sustainability targets and their corporate images longer term. Supermarkets would argue that fair competition is important if chains such as Tesco aren’t going to monopolise the market (which is true) so it is about balancing and managing the expectations of the public, government & EU environmental policies, as well as the environmentalists themselves.

How can Supermarkets be energy efficient?

There are various ways in which supermarkets can cut costs, for instance in dimming lights during opening hours, or by not having lighting covering acres of car parking space in the early hours of the morning. After all, how many of us want to food shop between the hours of 12am-6am? More can still be done however at peak times of operation such as maximising voltage optimisation and management, in-turn saving supermarkets hundreds of thousands of pounds per annum. There are services and products on the market to help do so such as the noted PowerPerfector VPO system which is designed to cut energy usage by over 20%, as well as the carbon footprint! VPO could play a huge part for large corporations balancing the needs of consumers, whilst also reaching for and targeting industry sustainability recognition through awards! After all, every supermarket has a responsibility and a need to meet their corporate social responsibilities.

Sewage Treatment Equipment: Protecting the Environment

Lets face it, an adequate, environmentally friendly wastewater treatment process is an absolute must for public water, recycling and environmental industries, if we are ever going to have a cleaner, healthier and safer environment.


Why a Proper Wastewater Treatment and Separation Process is Important

The quality of water we drink, the air we breathe, and the environment we live in makes a tremendous deal of difference for the overall quality of our living and environmental conditions. Since we want ourselves, our families, and out children to grow up in a healthy, clean and sanitary environment, it is imperative to explore all the feasible ways to prevent and reduce an ongoing air and water pollution and to protect our environment.

How to Make it Happen

In order to have clean drinking water and healthy environment, proper wastewater and sewage treatment processes need to be put in place. Needless to say that in order to separate any waste during the wastewater treatment process, an adequately functioning sewage treatment equipment is required to do the job.

Screening Equipment

Screens are used to separate water from waste and sludge during the wastewater treatment process.
Screening plants are also used to separate waste from landfill, and for an organic material recovery. Any recovered organic material can be used for electricity generation.

Yard Skips

Large and small yard skips can be used to collect and remove any heavy mixed waste from homes and from construction sites. Yard skips can also used for the segregation of already-sorted materials. An example of this would be separating waste and recycling.

Stationary and Mobile Waste Compactors

Static and mobile waste compactors can be used for containing all waste materials including liquids, which is helpful when trying to dispose of wastewater.

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Environmental Screening and Separation

What do Hybrid Cars and Metal Roofing have in common?

Is there ever any sort of healthy co-existence between making money and preserving our environment? It is true that everybody always cares about money, but it does not mean that the environment has to suffer. Oftentimes, unfortunately it seems to be the case, but it does not have to be that way. One is not mutually exclusive of the other.

My point of contention is that we can combine the economic prosperity with the betterment of our environment. – This is where some real green living awareness on an individual level can make a difference.

Allow me to illustrate my point with two examples that are very concurrent and relevant to understanding the current state of affairs in the U.S and learning from the mistakes of the not so distant past.

Death of the electric vehicle or GM kills the electric vehicle… Why?

Whose fault was it that GM was to0 busy worrying about the price of its stock, and making money by producing fuel hungry cars and SUVs, and suing the state of California, while Toyota and Honda were developing energy efficient hybrids vehicles.

And what happened when the electric vehicle program, although expensive at the time proved to be a success? What did GM do? They decided to kill the electric vehicle program altogether, although there were many people willing to buy those electric cars in the state of California. That was wrong on the part of GM, and displays a clear lock of corporate social responsibility. Not to mention, their greed and obsession with price of the stock is responsible for the current state of affairs of auto-making industry in the U.S today. I am not even going to mention their current stock situation, and the governmental bailouts that we are paying for?


So was it excessive corporate greed, lack of foresight, or a little bit of both?

Now GM is losing all the money because of its greed and lack of foresight, in the past. Toyota and Honda on the other hand, are ripping the benefits for investing and building the hybrid vehicles. Toyota and Honda are making money, but also helping the environment by propagating the idea of clean air, ultra low emissions, reduced carbon footprint, low fuel consumption and energy efficiency. It is a win win example of money working to better the environment.

Connection between Crude oil, Environment and, Surprisingly, Roofs over our heads

It is not just about ultra low emission cars. In fact, it is about something as mundane as residential building materials that go into the houses we live in. For instance, asphalt shingle roofs are petroleum based products that are heavily marketed by money hungry asphalt shingle roofing manufacturers. Asphalt shingle roof averages a lifespan of only 17 years, then comes the inevitable demise when it gets torn off and dumped into our landfills.

So what is the alternative you may ask, or is there any alternative? Yes there is, and it has been here all along!

Using the types of roofing materials that are environmentally friendly. Tamko, a heavy weight asphalt shingles roofing manufacturer, has made a switch by buying out Metal Works, a specialty manufacturer of steel shingles roofing, which is an energy efficient and environmentally safe building material. Metal roofing is fully recyclable, and lasts three times as long as asphalt shingle roofs.

Certainteed roofing, another heavy weight of the roofing industry, on the other hand keeps pushing its line of asphalt shingle roofing products despite the fact that they are bad for the environment. And who is there to rebuke them? Who is doing public education and spreading sustainable building awareness?

The U.S green building council is a not-profit body committed to sustainable building design and green construction practices, but how come their scope of influence is limited to mostly commercial construction? Why do we not hear more about it? What about EPA, and Energy Star? Why aren’t they doing public education campaigns to influence the corporate giants? Somebody has to do it. A lot of it is about awareness, and PR pressures, so spread the awareness and understanding, really. Can you do your part? Sure can, do not buy asphalt shingle roofs, nor fuel hungry SUVs. Think green and act upon it!  Somebody’s quote comes to mind here… Yes we can! …. So can we really?

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