Conference Year

2012

Keywords

Supermarket Refrigeration, Sustainable Supermarket, Energy Efficiency Optimisation, Sensitivity Analysis

Abstract

Supermarkets play a significant role in modern urban living in developed and developing nations worldwide. Technology has made it possible to provide peoples’ daily needs such as food either fresh, preserved or cooked, at the hand reach in these supermarkets. This easy lifestyle however, comes with a burden to the environment and natural resources. There are growing concerns for the sustainability of modern lifestyle in connection to worldwide population growth, increasing impact of climate change due to human activities, predicted shortage of traditional energy sources and uncertainty in alternative energy resource, New generation supermarket equipments such as refrigeration, air conditioning, lighting and other processes must aim for effectively reducing such sustainability burden in their application, individually and integrally. This paper investigates sustainablity targets for supermarkets and identifies some sensible choices amongst many of that are possible using emerging technologies.

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