The Energy Efficiency Agreement for Industries is an agreement between the state and industries on efficient energy use. Companies join the Energy Efficiency Agreement scheme by signing a separate Accession Document for their sector and committing themselves to enhancing their energy use in accordance with the actions and targets therein.
Kesko signed the Accession Document for the commerce sector action plan on 14 October 2016 and committed itself to reducing its energy consumption through various saving measures by 7.5%.
Kesko already joined the commerce sector Energy Efficiency Agreement signed in 2008, under which it committed itself to improving its energy efficiency by 65 GWh at the annual level by the end of 2016. By the end of 2015, Kesko had enhanced its electricity and heat consumption by 64 GWh and achieved 97% of the target.
Energy efficiency through remote monitoring and refrigeration equipment solutions
Kesko’s long-term efforts to improve energy efficiency include, for example:
- LED lights have been introduced in the lighting solutions for the store site projects of grocery stores and building and home improvement stores. They help save up to 50% electricity compared to traditional lighting.
Lids and doors on refrigeration equipment
- In K-food stores, lids on chest freezers help save 40% of energy compared to uncovered equipment.
- Doors on dairy and juice cabinets also help save energy.
Real Estate Managers
- Kesko's 37 Real Estate Managers help K-stores find ways in which to make their energy consumption more efficient.
- Regular monitoring, remote supervision of technical building service processes and duplication of best energy efficiency practices of different properties are used to maintain an optimal level of energy consumption.
Remote monitoring of stores’ refrigeration equipment
- Remote monitoring enables refrigeration equipment to be adjusted for optimum temperatures and defrosting cycles. In addition, possible deviations can be responded to immediately.
- The remote monitoring of refrigeration equipment helped save approximately 5.5 GWh of energy in 2015.
Condensation heat recovery
- Condensation heat from refrigeration equipment is recovered at nearly all K-food stores, which means that additional heat energy is needed only during very low sub-zero temperatures.
- Increasingly many K-food stores also use carbon dioxide recovered from industrial processes as an environmentally friendly alternative as the refrigerant in their refrigeration equipment.
- Kesko promotes the production of renewable energy and contributes to the mitigation of climate change by investing in solar power.
- Solar utilities producing electricity for stores’ own consumption are gradually becoming more widely used at the K-Group’s store sites. In summer 2016, a property-specific solar utility was built on the roof of K-citymarket Tammisto in Vantaa, and the solar utility on the roof of K-citymarket Lielahti in Tampere has been operating since 1997.
- By the end of this year, Kesko will install solar utility panels on the roofs of six K-supermarkets in different parts of Finland.
Energy Efficiency Agreements
Kesko's Annual Report, environmental impacts