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Green Convenience Store

* Background

  According to the latest statistic data of four major convenience store chains of Taiwan in 2013, the total number of stores now exceeds 9,800 and still keeps a growing trend. Despite the soaring development of convenience store viewed as one of “Taiwan Miracles,” the cost for which operators and power providers have to pay is relatively high electricity consumption every year. Such a “convenience” is often denounced particularly as the international community urges for combating global warming today.

  In view of this, the Executive Yuan of Taiwan ratified and implemented the “Intelligent Green Building Promotion Program” in 2010 to promote an intelligent, low-carbon, green and convenient lifestyle. Through the interchange and interaction among multiple professions, such as architecture, construction, electronics, electrical machinery, automotive control, and green power, plus consumer’s personal experiences, the vision of green convenient lifestyle may be achieved ahead of schedule. Among these, the ABRI is in charge of the promotion of “Green Convenience Store Certification and Classification Plan” based on the task assignment. The plan aims to reveal government’s determination of energy saving and carbon reduction and to set up better energy saving models so as to have the public and enterprises become better informed on the topic and to gradually facilitate more adoptions and applications. Since of its popularity, the convenience store chain is selected as the promotion focus in the plan, in hopes of laying a foundation for further piling up more practices to accelerate the promotion of green enterprises and energy saving industry.

  For implementing the Green Convenience Store Certification and Classification Plan, the ABRI established an impartial platform to continuously execute the examination and certification conducted by an energy saving and carbon reduction consultant team. The plan made use of a benign competition mechanism for effectively impelling enterprises to continually inject resources in improving energy efficiency. It can not only stimulate the economic growth, but also become a spotlight nationwide to demonstrate energy efficiency improvement achievements and to trigger more energy saving practices.

  With active and extensive implementation, a total of 9,010 green convenience stores has been certified by the end of 2012, which covers more than 90% of total convenience stores in Taiwan. In 2013, the plan continues to advance the certification and classification work for all stores. As for already certified stores, the ABRI is also planning an upgrade mechanism for further enhancing energy efficiency to thoroughly promote the energy saving and carbon reduction policy so that the vision of intelligent, low-carbon, green and convenient lifestyle can be achieved earlier.

* Evaluation Criteria

  The green convenience store certification and classification plan established six evaluation indicators focusing on major energy consumption equipment and facilities, including refrigeration and freezing equipment, air-conditioning equipment, illumination and lighting fixtures, building space, electricity management, and operation management, covering more than 40 evaluation criteria for relevant energy saving techniques. The indicators and corresponding criteria are described as follows.

  Evaluation Indicators

  1. Refrigeration/freezing equipment
    The evaluation on refrigeration and freezing equipment is to check if a convenience store adopts energy efficient refrigerator/freezer to achieve energy efficiency goals. The evaluation items are listed below:
    1. Adoption of variable frequency (inverter-controlled) refrigerators.
    2. Installing inverters.
    3. Sharing the refrigerant compressor.
    4. Moving the condenser outside.
    5. LED lighting for refrigerators/freezers.
    6. Energy saving for defrosting.
  2. Air-conditioning equipment
    The evaluation on air-conditioning equipment is to check if a convenience store adopts energy efficient air-conditioner to achieve energy efficiency goals. The evaluation items are listed below:
    1. Adopting high efficiency air-conditioners.
    2. Adopting inverter air-conditioners.
    3. Ceiling fan.
    4. Installing air curtain at the entrance.
    5. Preventing the cold air leaking out of the cool area (especially for retail units within a building).
  3. Illumination and lighting fixtures
    The evaluation on lighting fixtures is to check if a convenience store adopts energy efficient lighting fixtures in the market space and arcade area, and for store signage, so as to achieve energy efficiency goals. The evaluation items are listed below:
    Market Lighting:
    1. Completely adopting high efficiency lighting fixtures.
    2. Reducing the amount of lighting fixtures in the market space.
    3. Circuit design and dimmer installation for window side lighting fixtures.
    4. Affixing reflectors for indirect lighting.
    5. Turning off indirect lighting during off-peak time.
    6. Adopting LED lighting fixtures.
    Arcade Lighting:
    1. Completely adopting high efficiency lighting fixtures.
    2. Adopting automatic control switches.
    3. Reducing the amount of lighting fixtures in the arcade area.
    4. Providing no lighting in the arcade area.
    Signage Lighting:
    1. Completely adopting high efficiency lighting fixtures.
    2. Adopting automatic control switches.
    3. Reducing the amount of lighting fixtures for store signage.
  4. Building space
    The evaluation on building space is to check if a detached convenience store adopts roof insulation and sun-shading measures of glass windows/doors, so as to achieve energy efficiency goals. The evaluation items are listed below:
    Roof insulation:
    1. Roof insulation for detached buidings.
    2. Installation of natural draft ventilator.
    Glass openings:
    1. Sun-shading performance of glass windows/doors.
  5. Electricity management
    The evaluation on electricity management is to check if a convenience store takes a rational electricity contract capacity, electricity monitoring equipment, and adjustable voltage regulator, so as to achieve energy efficiency goals. The evaluation items are listed below:
    1. Optimizing contract capacity.
    2. Installing the digital meter for electricity monitoring.
    3. Installing adjustable voltage regulator.
  6. Operation management
    The evaluation on operation management is to check if a convenience store performs proper management measures, including regular lighting fixture and AC filter cleaning, hot meal cooking/warming management, adequate AC temperature setup, and heat source covering, so as to achieve energy efficiency goals. The evaluation items are listed below:
    1. Installing vinyl roller curtains on refrigerated open display cases.
    2. Keeping smooth circulation of chilled air in the refrigerator without blocking air vents.
    3. Maintaining adequate AC temperature.
    4. Cleaning reflective boards of lighting fixtures.
    5. Partial lighting of fascia at night.
    6. Keeping heat sources covered during off-peak time.
    7. Keeping heat resources from the A/C air vent.
    8. Hot meal cooking/warming management.
    9. Regularly cleaning A/C filters and condenser fins.
    10. Non-24-hour-opening convenience store.
    11. Waste heat emission control.
    12. Using E-invoices.

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