Eco-stores

They use at least 20% less electricity and 40% less water than conventional stores.

Eco-efficiency is a primary consideration in how we design our new stores, and we are rapidly upgrading and renovating our existing stores to comply with these efficiency targets and meet our 2020 objective. To date, we have implemented these targets in 62% of our total store footprint (4,519 stores).

Our flagship eco-stores are beacons of best practice throughout our business, and one of the most visible indicators to our customers of our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Around 20 of our flagship stores have full LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or BREEAM certification, two of the most respected benchmarks in environmental standards for green buildings.

LEED and BREEAM guidelines encompass energy, water, waste, materials, surroundings, innovation and other sustainability measures –and we follow their recommendations for all our construction and refurbishment projects.

How our eco-stores are more efficient

By introducing technologically innovative systems, we have reduced energy and water consumption in our eco-stores without affecting the experience of our customers:

  • automatic motion sensors in low-use areas dim lighting by 80% when no one is present
  • using the most sophisticated climate control systems available, zoned thermostats prevent peaks in use and are automatically adjusted according to occupancy and sunlight, typically making savings of around 40% more than standard systems
  • centralised monitoring and control of electricity use in 1,440 eco-stores in 28 countries allows the optimisation and reduction of energy consumption
  • automatic electronic air curtains at store entrances regulate temperature stability, with energy savings of up to 15%
  • speed-controlled escalators slow down when not in use to save energy
  • LED lighting lasts four times longer on average than ordinary incandescent lighting
  • lighting programmes dim lighting depending on tasks and time; for example, 66% of lighting is switched off during cleaning and deliveries, and focused on the cash desks for end-of-day operations
  • store-by-store analysis of climate, location and ambient light determines the most efficient levels of shop-window backlighting
  • controlling water flow rates and pressure in bathroom facilities and installing grey water recovery systems reduces water consumption

We also prioritise the use of recycled or reused materials, locally sourced materials and low-energy materials. For example, all the wood used in our eco-stores is certified to come from sustainably and responsibly managed forests. Even the location of our stores is important, and the way a store will interact with its surroundings is closely assessed by our architecture and environmental management teams.

Having invested in creating an eco-store, we want to make sure that it is run at optimal efficiency. All store personnel receive specialed training on the most effective use of eco-stores features and capabilities, and on broader environmental sustainability issues too.

 LEED Platinum Store

HIGH EFFICIENCY IN HISTORIC ROME

Retaining the beauty and charm of a historic building does not mean foregoing the latest environmental advancements. Zara’s flagship eco-store in Rome, the Palazzo Bocconi, is a case in point. Taking the building closer to when it was first opened in 1887, has not prevented the store from earning the highest LEED platinum certification.

LEED Platinum Store
 First Eco-store

THE FIRST PROTOTYPE, IN ATHENS

We inaugurated our first eco-store in Athens (Greece): Zara Korai. This store is located in a historical building which has for the past two centuries served as a hive of activity in the commercial area of the Greek capital. Its refurbishment was the perfect nexus between the city´s town-planning tradition and the sustainable future of our eco-stores.

First Eco-store
Our eco-efficient stores, in numbers:
  • 4,519 eco-stores
  • 20% more energy efficient and 40% less water consumption
  • 100% of our stores to be eco-efficient by 2020