Published on January 26, 2008
The move is part of the global energy-saving policy raised by headquarters in the United Kingdom to reduce energy demand at all branches and offices worldwide.
Ek-Chai Distribution Systems (Thailand), the local operator of the hypermarket chain, yesterday opened its second green store at Salaya in Nakhon Pathom, following the
first store launched on Rama IV Road in Bangkok in 2004.
CEO Jeff Adams said the new store built on the success of the pioneering one and also undertakes new initiatives of its own.
With an investment of over Bt800 million, it is the most technologically advanced model, employing more than 70 energy-saving and environmental conservation measures.
The company will invest Bt7 billion to build 132 stores this year, of which 100 will be small Tesco Lotus Express shops, 20 will be Lotus Markets, six will be Value Stores and six will be hypermarkets.
The next large store is slated for Ban Chang district of Rayong, costing Bt400 million.
The company will also spend 25 per cent of its capital budget to renovate all
the stores to the new green concept by February next year.
The green stores feature a solar cooling system for air-conditioning and biodiesel and biogas plants, which use disposed cooking oil, fruits and vegetables as raw materials to produce fuel for the building's electric generator. They also rely on wind turbines to generate electricity for the parking area and bus stops.
The stores will accommodate an eco-education centre providing education in environmental initiatives and an interactive learning experience for youth.
Customers can shop in a store designed for their convenience and comfort, while helping to preserve the environment.
Tesco Lotus's other green initiatives include the decision last October to power its entire delivery fleet of over 400 tractor trailers with biodiesel and the drawing up of an energy-conservation plan for all its stores, which will require an additional investment of Bt131 million this year.