Photo: LIDL Växjö
The lighting inside and outside the store consists of energy-efficient LED lighting, controlled by presence and motion detectors and timers, designed to reduce energy demand.
In addition, the store has a sedum roof, which contributes to maintenance of ecological values, and a safe and weather-protected bicycle storage facility to encourage customers and staff to come to the store on their bikes.
If customers or staff prefer their electrical car or bike, the vehicles can be re-charged at one of the fast-charging stations generated by solar cells.
Reuse or recycling is another key element in the new store concept, and throughout the project, there was a strong focus on the use of responsible suppliers, and robust, healthy, and low-emitting materials.
Our common efforts and strong collaboration paid off: At the BREEAM Awards 2017, the new Lidl store in Växjö was named the world's greenest retail store, with the classification ‘Outstanding’.
Since then, another two stores have reached the 'Outstanding' classification, and we are cooperating with Lidl on several new stores, where we will apply the lessons learned from the award-winning store in Växjö.
We are in the middle of a major change: Companies that are not paying attention to sustainability will end up at the back of the field.
Lidl’s determination to become the industry frontrunner has been vital for their strong results.
They have emphasised that the entire company is behind their ambitions. It was this dedication that drove the success of the project.