Bluestone Energy Services and Ahold USA are increasing their energy conservation initiative in 2015 by expanding the reach of projects to touch stores in all regions and to increase the energy savings in new projects while also continuing to improve the efficiency of existing projects. In 2014, Bluestone Energy’s supermarket division completed comprehensive energy efficiency projects in partnership with Ahold USA and its retail stores, including upgrading all of the interior lighting at the store level to new LED lighting with advanced wireless controls. This high-efficiency lighting installation reduced the lighting consumption in the stores by over 70%. In addition to reducing the energy profile of the stores, the lighting systems enhance the customer experience through improved light levels as well as light quality.
UPM Raflatac has made further strides towards delivering a smarter and more sustainable future with the announcement that all its main HD liners for standard PP and PE films in EMEIA will come from certified sources by the end of 2018. Forest certification takes a lifecycle approach across the entire forest supply chain, ensuring that wood-based products are sourced from responsibly managed forests.
This is just the latest in the company’s drive to create film labeling solutions that excel in sustainability. As part of its ecodesign philosophy, the company’s first step is always to use responsibly sourced raw materials, with the goal being to only use wood raw material from certified sources by 2030. UPM Raflatac has also expanded its range of certified label faces for many end-use segments to make it easier for label converters and brand owners to make sustainable choices.
“We are very proud to announce that sustainability will soon be standard for our main HD liners, with HD70 and HD Lite to be made from FSC® certified raw material by the end of 2018,” says Noora Markkanen, Senior Specialist, Sustainability, UPM Raflatac. “This means our entire PP and PE product offering will be available with a forest-certified liner – another step towards us labeling a smarter future.”