The Southern Co-operative Lights the Way with 100% LED Lighting for 2016

The Southern Co-operative has completed an ambitious project to install LED lighting throughout their entire estate, saving enough carbon annually to equate to 164 flights around the world.

The rapid growth of The Southern Co-operative business has meant that LED installation is integral to all new store openings, whilst a programme of retrospective lighting upgrades was fulfilled in existing stores. The LED Lighting project has been delivered by Vision Accendo.

Picture by Terry Fisher

LED lighting in The Southern Co-operative’s Frome store.

Steve Tremlett, Head of Trading Formats and project sponsor at The Southern Co-operative said: “Over the four years since we standardised our use of LED lighting, the technology has improved considerably, in terms of output, energy efficiency and equipment costs.  We felt the timing was now right to convert the whole retail business to LED, and as well as contributing towards our environmental goals, we anticipate this programme will deliver savings of over £375,300 a year”.

The £2million+ project is part of The Southern Co-operative’s dedication to building a sustainable future. The change to LED lighting includes upgrades to all stores’ main lighting, sales areas, chiller cabinets and fascia signage.

Overseeing the project, Justin Jones, Commercial Development Manager at The Southern Co-operative said: “As well as saving over 1,812kg of carbon a year, the new lighting feels fresher and more pleasant to shop and work in for our customers and colleagues. It has also reduced our maintenance costs, making further savings, all of which can be reinvested into the business.”

The Southern Co-operative was an early adopter of energy saving technologies, such as building management systems, chiller doors and LED lighting in all new-build stores since 2012.

Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications for The Southern Co-operative said: “The Southern Co-operative has successfully achieved a 38% improvement in energy efficiency since 2010. The LED lighting roll out helps us deliver further energy and carbon savings and forms part of our long term commitment to being a responsible and sustainable business.”