The grand jury voted by a majority in favour of SPAR Norway among a long list of other nominees from all over Europe based on SPAR Norway operator NorgesGruppen’s overall strategy to advance sustainability, with a special focus on the SPAR Snarøya.
“It is very gratifying to be recognised internationally”, says SPAR CEO Ole Christian Fjeldheim. “We have great ambitions to excel and take further steps in sustainability and the environment.”
SPAR Snarøya features environmentally friendly materials throughout and includes innovative solutions that reduce the building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.
With a sales area of 800m2, the supermarket is the group’s first store built without wall insulation. The roof has been covered with grass which captures CO2 from the atmosphere. The 75m2 of solar panels on the facade generate over 7000-kilowatt hour of electricity per year. In addition, SPAR developed the 55 parking spaces using low carbon asphalt and made available charging stations for electric cars and bicycles.
The solar panels power the environmentally-friendly LED lighting system used throughout the store. Moreover, excess heat generated by the refrigerators and freezers is used to warm the supermarket.
NorgesGruppen ASA is the parent company of SPAR Norway and is the market leader in the Norwegian grocery market. NorgesGruppen AS sigend the SPAR licence for Norway in 1984. In February 2013, NorgesGruppen purchased 49% of the Dagrofa Group – the licence partner operating the SPAR Brand in Denmark.
SPAR Norway operates two retail formats: EUROSPAR and SPAR. The SPAR operator has over the past years emphasised the use of innovative technologies to create a convenient shopping environment