Our sector has initiated voluntary measures to optimise the use of lighting in stores. These measures were applied in shops and in operations, contributing to the common effort to reduce energy consumption in Europe.

Our sector has initiated voluntary measures regarding refrigeration and heating systems. The sector proposes an exhaustive review of the temperature ranges of the refrigeration equipment and heating systems (e.g., refrigeration chambers, refrigeration walls and freezer cabinets), without jeopardising the quality or safety of products.

Our sector has initiated voluntary measures to reduce energy consumption in business operations. Energy efficiency management has become crucial in running businesses and in equipment inspections. Retailers and wholesalers are dedicating funds for specific investments in this area to address the need to increase energy efficiency.


Our sector is focusing on increasing awareness for energy efficiency measures inside- and outside its business operations. Employee training in energy savings best practices is as important as consumer engagement in best practices. Companies often pair with social partners to increase awareness.


The Retail and Wholesale sector are contributing and stepping up in our role to help and navigate consumers. We are already doing so via campaign online and in stores. Below is our best practice in reaching out to consumers.





Consult below the EuroCommerce checklist of energy best practices for retailers and wholesalers, as well as the checklist for retailers in case of energy blackouts and the Tips for consumers to save energy and energy costs – Checklist












Report and studies

Our sector is taking leadership in energy saving measures – by reducing in-store temperature, turning lights off at night and keeping heat in stores and many more actions. Some of these actions have been proven and documented in reports, studies and press releases.

Raad Nederlandse Detailhandel made available the following reports:

  • Antwerp study shows that if all shops close their doors when you heat in winter or cool in summer, that this does not affect visitors / conversion rates.
  • Study conducted by AS Watson (drugstores) and published in their annual report.