Supersmart project: proposal for an Ecolabel for food retail stores

Supersmart EU project deliverables include a proposal for an ecolabel for food retail stores covering their environmental impact including the refrigeration system, the building’s design and operating procedures.


The “Development of EU Ecolabel Criteria for Food Retail Stores” report is the final part of the €1.47m EU-funded SuperSmart project, drawn up by project partners including the IIR, which is in charge of the dissemination issues with environmental group Shecco.



The objective of this report is to provide background information on the criteria proposals for a new EU Ecolabel for food retail stores. These criteria cover the most important environmental and/or social hot spots of food retail stores identified by Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and further analysis as described in a preliminary report.



The report identifies 15 criteria covering the main environmental impacts of food retail stores:



. Criteria related to HVAC&R: Energy efficiency of the refrigeration system; Heat recovery; Display cabinets; Refrigerants.


. Criteria related to the building: Energy consumption of the building; Energy and environmental management systems; Lighting; Use of renewable energy sources; Building materials and resources; Location and accessibility of the store.


. Criteria related to the operating of the store: Waste; Water consumption and wastewater management; Labelled products sold in the store; Store’s use of goods and services; Information to customers.



Each criterion  contains  ambitious  mandatory  requirements  and  point  score  requirements  to  ensure  that  only  the  10-20%  best performing European food retail stores can be awarded with the label. Specific criteria only attribute posts to, for example, refrigeration systems with heat recovery and doors on refrigerated cabinets.