Supermarkets comprise various technical disciplines: buildings, heating-, cooling- and ventilations systems. New integrated technologies for more efficient supermarkets are now available offering environmental and economic benefits, and the uptake of such efficient solutions is mainly hindered by non-technological market barriers.
In this scenario SuperSmart will tackle different barrier categories, both short-term (awareness and knowledge) and long-term (organizational, political, social), even though an immediate impact on the sector will be expected to come already from the removal of the short-term hindrances. The purpose of the SuperSmart hub is to establish a knowledge transfer and promotion platform devoted to the supermarket sector to educate/train and crosslink stakeholders of various backgrounds in such a way that the uptake of energy-efficient heating and cooling solutions is made possible.
To achieve environmental and economic benefits in the supermarket sector all across Europe, by reducing the use of energy through a fast implementation of efficient heating- and cooling solutions.
To this purpose, the introduction of a new EU Ecolabel for Supermarkets is supported and current non-technological barriers limiting the use of new technology in the supermarket sector are removed. This is achieved by awareness rising, educational measures and training as well as crosslinking and networking amongst all relevant supermarket stakeholders.
Specific objectives pursued by the project are:
To reduce environmental impact primary energy demand.
To support the introduction of a new European Ecolabel for supermarkets
To define and remove the main technical and non-technical challenges to the eco-energy supermarkets confronted by various groups of the sector stakeholders (owners/chains, manufacturers, installers, consulting companies)
To raise the level of expertise related to energy usage of equipment among technical and non-technical staff (management, shop owners, consultants, etc.).
To conduct direct communication among R&D organizations, suppliers, end users and governmental bodies on the legislative initiatives modulating the supermarkets sector
Due to its experience in energy efficiency, CIRCE will be in charge of developing the training material focused on the topic: “How to refurbish a supermarket”, as well as organizing 10 training programs in 10 supermarkets located in Central and Southern Europe.
In addition CIRCE will be responsible for disseminating the SuperSmart project in different workshops organised in Spain along the project’s life.