STOUFFVILLE, ONT, — The federal government has made a $1.44-million pledge to help build Canada’s first near net-zero supermarket, which is expected to use 35 per cent less energy than other supermarkets and produce 65 per cent of its own energy through renewable technologies.
The project will be funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program and create about 165 new jobs in the Stouffville, Ont. area.
In partnership with Neelands Group Limited and s2e Technologies Inc., the 40,000-square-foot supermarket aims to reduce between 1,500 and 2,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year by integrating energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy systems and other sustainable technologies, states a release issued by Natural Resources Canada.
“Supermarkets are one of the more energy-intensive retail businesses due to their large cooling and heating loads. Canada’s northern climate makes reducing energy use and therefore GHG emissions in supermarkets even more challenging,” said Ady Vyas, vice-president, energy solutions with s2e Technologies in a statement.
“Collaboration with our partners is a key aspect of this project, and our success will pave the way forward for the supermarket sector to have the business confidence to adopt these design strategies as a standard going forward.”
“Longo’s has been supporting energy reduction initiatives for years. In fact, we were the first Canadian grocery retailer to have a solar energy system tied to the hydro power grid,” said Dave Mastroieni, vice-president, central procurement and facility management, Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.