SuperValu and Centra stores donate over €325,000 to local community buildings
Campaign calls on stores to identify and upgrade areas of their own operations which can be made more energy efficient
14 January 2020
For the eighth year, SuperValu and Centra stores are spearheading environmental change in the Irish retail sector. In partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), which provided funding for the community upgrade projects, 13 stores across Ireland have rolled out the Building Sustainable Communities initiative.
This campaign calls on stores to identify and upgrade areas of their own operations which can be made more energy efficient, but also to identify community buildings in their area to donate funds to upgrade their facilities.
This year, the community buildings in receipt of this substantial financial contribution worth in excess of €325,000, as a result of the scheme and the stores’ notable efforts, included St. Christopher’s Day Care Centre Longford, Fermoy Rowing Club, St. Joseph’s National School Cavan, St. Benedict’s Priory Cobh and Bandon GAA, to name but a few.
In their clubhouses and buildings, these local groups installed new heat pumps and insulation, while some opted for new energy efficient LED lighting. These upgrades resulted in reduced yearly energy bills of almost €32,000 or 207,360 thermal KWH savings for these worthwhile causes.
The 13 stores involved were: O’Keeffe’s SuperValu Bantry; O’Gorman’s SuperValu Kingscourt; Davis SuperValu Longford; Conolly’s SuperValu Bagenalstown; Staunton’s SuperValu Leixlip; Smith’s SuperValu Kinsale; Garvey’s SuperValu Cobh; Dano’s SuperValu Mallow; Myers Centra Oscar Traynor Road; Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy; O’Leary’s Centra Bandon; Ahern’s Centra Carrigtwohill; and Musgrave MarketPlace Galway.
A number of these stores installed solar PV panels to their roofs, creating their own eco-friendly energy to power their stores.