The Co-operative Group is a responsible retailer and has reduced its CO² emissions by 35% since 2006. The company has committed to achieving an ambitious and challenging CO² emissions reduction of 50% by 2017 and to help them deliver this they are rolling out the installation of Tempro Cold-Stop curtains designed and manufactured by the market leader in thermal insulation products, Seymour Manufacturing International (SMI).
Comprehensive trials of the first set of Cold-Stop curtains have been taking place since installation and the results have been impressive to say the least. Having been carefully analysed, the proved annual savings are in excess of £130,000, with an associated annual reduction in the Co-operative Group’s carbon footprint of over 500,000Kg. Phases two and three of the trial are expected to produce further annual savings of over £1.5million and 6,497,937Kg
Nick Cairns, Regional Energy Manager at the Co-operative Group, commented on the first phase of the trial: “We were looking for a solution for our Coldrooms that was highly energy efficient, practical, cost efficient, first quality and user friendly. In trials Tempro met and exceeded all these criteria. The roll out has been very well received by our colleagues in-store who like the look and feel of the product and the financial and environmental impact has been fantastic”.
Speaking on the ease with which the curtains are fitted, Kenny Gordon director of Northants Engineering Solutions, added: “One of the major benefits to us as the installer is the ease of installation and the minimal impact on the store as unlike most works in stores this can be rolled out during the day and weekdays reducing cost for our client”.
Brian Seymour, Chairman of SMI, concluded: “The Tempro Cold-Stop curtains being trialled by the Co-operative Group are made from the same material that Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ team will use on the epic ‘Coldest Journey’ expedition attempting to cross Antarctica in winter. With this in mind we were, of course, confident of the performance of the material and felt sure that the Co-operative Group would experience some significant energy savings through the installation of the curtains. It is though, nonetheless, very gratifying to see the in-depth analysis produce such impressive figures and look forward to further savings once the whole trial is completed.”
The Tempro curtains were specially printed for the Co-operative Group, the contract being awarded to Steve Mills of George Barker & (Co) Ltd with their installation partners Northants Engineering Solutions Limited under the direction of director, Kenny Gordon following an order being placed by Nick Cairns, Regional Energy Manager at the Co-operative Group.
Brian E H Seymour, Chairman
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