Energy Becomes 2nd Largest Expense of Supermarkets

Sao Paulo-Brazilian supermarkets are adopting or accelerating energy efficiency projects after the increases in electricity bills since the end of last year, which has affected the results of the first quarter.

Estimates of industry associations indicate that electricity costs have become the second largest expense in some supermarket networks, surpassing rent and just behind the payroll.

The companies did not detail the cost of energy balance, but at the Pão de Açúcar group, largest in the country, selling expense, General and administrative, which includes electricity, climbed 16,8% in the first quarter compared to the previous year.

According to the Brazilian retail and consumption Society (SBCV), the electric bill went up to 40% networks since the end of last year.

“How that expense comes to represent supermarket billing 1%, an increase of up to 40% impacts of 0.4 percent,” said the President of the SBCV, Eduardo Earth. “It is monstrous,” he added.

In this scenario, the GPA has created a working group to handle the Extra stores and theme. Some initiatives already adopted include the use of LED light bulbs, the closing of branches of refrigeration to prevent the cold and dissipate the automation of refrigeration and air conditioning.

It is expected that the projects will reduce by up to 25% energy consumption in supermarkets of the group in coming quarters.


Walmart comes accelerating energy efficiency projects from 2013, with the installation of air conditioning systems more efficient, by lighting LED light bulbs and installation of doors in refrigeration counters.

In addition to proceed with this work, the Walmart studies install solar panels in some stores.

In 2014, the adoption of measures aimed at reducing energy consumption by cooling, representing up to 40% of energy spending, resulted in average reduction in consumption of this 9,64% system, according to Walmart.

And the economy with lighting was about 27% with the LED light bulbs.

“With both initiatives, the company managed to achieve a reduction of 18% consumption last year, completed the retailer.