Friday 6 December, 2019: Residents of Burwood in east Melbourne are the first in Australia to experience Woolworths’ most sustainable supermarket with the official opening of the Woolworths Burwood Brickworks store.
Anchored in the ground breaking new Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, Woolworths Brickworks is undertaking the Living Building Challenge™ (LBC), which is the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings.
The new store will operate using 100% renewable energy which is equivalent to taking 700 cars off the road each year.
Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director Claire Peters said: “Woolworths Burwood Brickworks is the next step in our journey to create a neighbourhood food store, with sustainability and the needs of local customers at the heart of its design.
“As Australia’s largest retailer, we recognise our responsibility to minimise our environmental footprint and are committed to playing our part in creating a greener, more sustainable future.
“Woolworths Burwood Brickworks will incorporate a range of sustainability initiatives that aim to reduce the environmental impact of the store’s operations and help customers live more sustainably too.”
These features include LED lights to reduce power usage and the application of fridge doors on all meat and dairy cases to prevent cold air spilling from the cases.
Natural refrigerant technology is being used for the store’s chillers, freezers and hot tap water production, delivering what amounts to zero direct emissions. All the timber cladding used is also sustainably-sourced.
Customers will be able to purchase reusable produce bags made from lightweight nylon to carry their fresh produce, and paper bags made from 80 percent recycled paper to carry their shopping home.
Claire Peters concluded: “From store lighting and air-conditioning to food refrigeration and preparation, we have looked at all angles to see how we can build and run this store more sustainably.
“Woolworths Burwood Brickworks is the culmination of all our efforts to-date in one store. We will continue to trial initiatives that help us reduce our environmental impact and look forward to the feedback from our teams and customers as we do.”
The new store will employ more than 170 team members and be open from 7am to 12pm, Monday to Sunday. Woolworths Burwood Brickworks is located in Burwood Brickworks shopping centre, 70 Middleborough Rd, Burwood East VIC 315.
Woolworths Burwood Brickworks sustainability initiatives
About Burwood Brickworks
Burwood Brickworks is a mixed-use development incorporating a range of sustainability measures including a large solar PV system and an embedded electricity network, achieving a 6 Star Green Star Design & As Built v1.1 (Design Rating) by the Green Building Council of Australia. The retail centre at Burwood Brickworks is on its way to be the world’s most sustainable shopping centre with 13,000 sqm of retail, including anchor tenants Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Reading Cinemas. Located 19 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Burwood Brickworks will be the home of Australia’s first rooftop farm in a shopping centre environment, acre Farm & Eatery.
For more information on Burwood Brickworks, please visit https://www.frasersproperty.com.au/vic/burwood-brickworks