Albert Heijn Commits To 'Circular Renovation' In Bid To Boost Sustainability

By Robert McHugh
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Albert Heijn Commits To 'Circular Renovation' In Bid To Boost Sustainability

Albert Heijn has said that its new store in Tilburg on Piusplein in the Netherlands is even more sustainable after a recent renovation.

During the renovation process, the retailer said that more than 70% of the inventory, while more than 60% of the materials such as floors, walls and ceiling were reused.

The largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands said that it is introducing a new standard for store renovations in which the majority of all (re)construction work is carried out circularly and the latest development techniques are used to save even more energy.

Energy-Saving Measures

In addition to all energy-saving measures, the renovation of the Piusplein outlet focused on the reuse and application of more sustainable materials. For example, the interior walls are no longer made of plaster, but of flax, and the floor, walls and ceiling have been refurbished and reused.

Materials that are no longer used in this store have been given a new purpose or have been recycled into new raw materials.


"The sustainable road is the way to the future. By 2025, we want all our own stores to be completely CO2 neutral," said Rob Heesen, director of food service and concepts at Albert Heijn.

"That is why we are constantly looking for new construction techniques that ensure that we use energy sparingly. The renovation of the store in Tilburg shows that we are well on our way to achieving our ambitions for energy savings and CO2 reduction."

Transport Networks More Sustainable

In January, Albert Heijn announced it will be accelerating the sustainability of its transport networks in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Since the last week of 2022, both home delivery of groceries and supply to stores in the centre of The Hague are provided with 100% electric vehicles.

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