Covirán Embraces Renewable Energy, Aims For Greener Footprint

By Branislav Pekic
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Covirán Embraces Renewable Energy, Aims For Greener Footprint

Spanish supermarket cooperative Covirán is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainability throughout its network.

The retailer is seeking to extend the use of renewable energy to its entire supply chain, from logistics centres to individual supermarkets.

The cooperative has already taken concrete steps towards this goal – its headquarters in Atarfe, Granada, benefited from an expanded photovoltaic plant in 2022, while in 2023, solar panels were installed to meet in-house requirements in the Vitoria logistics platform.

In 2024, Covirán plans to roll out more solar energy projects across other logistics centres in Spain.

Energy Efficiency

Covirán’s new store model prioritises energy efficiency, incorporating LED lighting and state-of-the-art technology in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Furthermore, an energy advisory service supports members in finding the most cost-effective energy solutions for their stores.


The commitment extends beyond supermarkets. Covirán has improved the thermal insulation of logistics platforms and implemented innovative strategies like refrigerated compartment doors to minimise energy loss. Additionally, it has implemented a temperature control system that utilises thermographs and dry ice for frozen products, optimising transportation efficiency.

The cooperative emphasises that these efforts not only benefit the environment but also positively impact business operations.

Private-Label Reformulation

Recently, the Spanish cooperative completed the reformulation of 176 private-label products, as part of its goal to offer healthier options and fight obesity.

Key changes to the range include the reduction of sugar, salt, and saturated fat by 10% across various product categories, including sugary drinks, pastries, dairy products, sauces, breads, fruit juices, meats, snacks, and cookies.

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