Aiming to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient and climate-friendly solutions in European supermarkets, the EU-funded SuperSmart project seeks to overcome non-technical barriers to wider uptake and increase awareness of the technology through various activities, including the preparation of a new EU Ecolabel for supermarkets. The project partners are pleased to invite interested stakeholders to participate in the first workshop on 18 April in Barcelona.
With European supermarkets increasingly investing in energy-efficient technologies, there is a growing and ever more important need to raise awareness and transfer knowledge. To smoothen the transition, the EU is funding under the Horizon 2020 scheme a project called SuperSmart, which aims to bridge the information gap and alleviate non-technical barriers to the uptake of energy-efficient solutions.
SuperSmart’s objective is to deliver impressive environmental and cost benefits by helping to speed up implementation of efficient heating and cooling solutions across Europe. It will seek to establish a knowledge transfer and promotion platform devoted to the supermarket sector to educate, train and connect stakeholders of various backgrounds.
The project is led by SINTEF in coordination with eight other organisations, including shecco, the Construction Technologies Institute – National Research Council, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), University of Braunschweig, the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE), DPTU Energija and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR).
Specific objectives pursued by the SuperSmart hub for the supermarket sector include:
- Reducing environmental impact and primary energy demand;
- Supporting the introduction of a new EU Ecolabel for supermarkets;
- Determining and removing challenges hindering the implementation of eco-energy supermarkets in different European regions;
- Raising the expertise level of different decision-makers (non-technical and technical staff) related to energy usage of equipment and the benefit of integrated systems able to supply energy (heating & cooling) to nearby business units or into local grids.
- Conducting direct communication among R&D organisations, suppliers, end users and governmental bodies of different levels (EU administration, local municipalities, etc.) on potential legislative initiatives.
First workshop prior to ATMOsphere Europe
The project’s first workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona on 18 April, the day before the 2016 edition of the ATMOsphere Europe conference, taking place on 19-20 April. Participation in the SuperSmart workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so interested retailers, system manufacturers and other parties are invited to register online as soon as possible!