Shell has introduced innovative energy-saving features at 200 petrol stations across the country in a bid to
increase energy efficiency, cut carbon emissions and reduce energy costs. The sites involved in the Shell EnergySave Sites programme are aiming to achieve an average drop in energy consumption of 25% by introducing high-tech lighting and improvements in the cooling and heating systems.
Shell asked the Carbon Trust Standard Company (CTSC) to validate the energy-saving success of pilot sites in Haywards Heath, High Wycombe and Salford Quays.All three sites were found to have successfully measured, managed and reduced their carbon footprints. As a result, Shell claimed they are the first retail fuel sites to be awarded the coveted Carbon Trust Standard and the company now intends to work with CTSC to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard across all 200 petrol stations currently involved in the Shell EnergySave Sites programme and any further stations that join it.
The majority of savings from the Shell EnergySave Sites programme will be achieved by reducing electricity use. The innovations include motion-sensitive lighting, new LED signage, improved refrigeration and more efficient heating and air-conditioning systems.
To continue improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of its retail sites, Shell said all new UK-built stations will be more energy-efficient.
Melanie Lane, Shell UK retail general manager, said: "It makes good business sense to cut our energy costs. We also have a broader responsibility to conserve energy so we are pleased to be able to achieve both goals with these changes.
"We welcome the robust Carbon Trust Standard Company assessment of our three pilot sites."