Jessica Dailey

7-Eleven to Open 100 Green Stores in Japan

by , 02/02/11
filed under: Sustainable Building
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With their excessive fluorescent lights and gigantic energy-sucking coolers, convenience stores are at the bottom of the green building totem poll. But 7-Eleven Japan found success with an eco-friendly store prototype that they will now officially open in 100 different locations by the end of the month. The green stores use LED lighting, solar-powered electricity, and reflective flooring to reduce the need for harsh overhead lights.

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Image © Marko Kudjerski

The roof mounted solar panels will account for a third of the stores’ electricity, and sensors in the indoor lights will automatically adjust the lights when less power is needed. 7-Eleven’s eco-plans also call for the renovation of 100 existing locations. They’ll be converted to run on solar power and outfitted with electric charging stations for EVs.

The main obstacle to the green convenience stores, called eco-konbinis, is the price. A green 7-Eleven costs as much as 30 percent more to build than a normal 7-Eleven. For stores operating as franchises, the cost falls mostly on the owners, typically small businesses. Subsidies from the government offset less than 10 percent of the expense. No details were given on the amount the stores would save on energy bills.

7-Eleven stores around the world have begun implementing greener practices. About 5,000 stores in Taiwan operate as eco-konbinis, and stores in Malaysia, the Philippines and Hong Kong are testing LEDs. In 2009, the first green 7-Eleven in the U.S. opened in Florida.

WHY THIS MATTERS

7-Eleven’s efforts can set an example for convenience stores around the world. Even something as simple as switching from fluorescent lights to LEDs can save immense amounts of energy. A solar energy specialist told the New York Times that retrofitting just 100 7-Eleven stores is the equivalent of taking 600 cars off the road. That’s a huge impact! Now, if only they could make organic slurpees!

Via Environmental Leader

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2 Comments

  1. JBecket1 August 10, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I agree SolidApollo.com, other companies are doing it too like grocery stores and I find it inspiring. 7-Eleven is a great company, but like many nationwide businesses it can have some weak spots. I was surfing the internet and I found this site where people can vent about poor customer service or products they received… it can get really funny. I would recommend you to check it out here.

  2. SolidApollo.com February 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I think it’s great to see how other countries and companies are joining the clean & green awareness. Everyday we have more and more companies seeking us for help in how to reduce lighting costs and at the same time improve their image trough LED lighting. It makes us happy to see other companies are doing the same.

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