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 Hayward’s Heath, High Wycombe and Salford Quays.

All three sites were found to have successfully measured, managed and reduced their carbon footprints. As a result, they are the first retail fuel sites to be awarded the coveted Carbon Trust Standard.

Shell 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. Shell worked closely with manufacturers to develop state-of-the-art solutions and train local staff. The innovations include motion-sensitive lighting, new LED signage, improved refrigeration and more efficient heating and air-conditioning systems. None of the changes will affect the safety of these sites for customers visiting Shell.

Shell also announced that to continue improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of its retail operations, all new stations built in the UK will be constructed to be more energy efficient.

The Shell EnergySave Sites programme has been launched in parallel across other countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines, Canada and Hong Kong, with more conversions planned for 2010.

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.

She added: “We welcome the robust Carbon Trust Standard Company assessment of our three pilot sites and look forward to working closely with them in the future.”


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