June 18, 2019

New Eneref Report on Big-Box Retailers

Eneref Institute Reports That Retailers May Forfeit Both Potential Sales and Energy Savings Using Conventional Store Lighting Design

WASHINGTON DC, June 18, 2019 – A new report by Eneref Institute, a leading advocate for sustainable development, documents the correlation between the use of Natural Interior Daylight (NID) and higher sales in big-box retail stores. Evidence suggests that retailers are forfeiting sales opportunities due to reliance on more electric lighting over natural daylight.

The Eneref Report’s key facts:

  1. Out of 108 outlet stores analyzed, a significant portion would likely have seen as much as 40% higher sales with the addition of skylights.
  2. To guard future revenue, retailers must attract millennials, who decidedly favor companies that act aggressively to mitigate climate change.
  3. The pivotal opportunity for increased sales through greater use of Natural Interior Daylight lies in the supermarket sector.
  4. Retailers with Natural Interior Daylight for store illumination see increased customer traffic.

The report goes on to explain that, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), within the next 10 years, carbon dioxide emissions must plunge to less than half of what they are today to prevent the worst consequences of climate change from occurring as soon as 2040. That’s why utilizing Natural Interior Daylight is so critical: unlike LED electric lighting, daylight uses no energy and produces no carbon emissions.

“By installing skylights, large retailers have a unique opportunity for a triple play: shrink energy costs, boost sales and tackle climate change—all at the same time,” asserts Seth Warren Rose, Founding Director of Eneref Institute.

The Eneref Report is part of Eneref Institute’s #RightToDaylight Campaign and can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/eneref_bigbox

About Eneref Institute

Eneref Institute is a research and advocacy organization for sustainable development. The goal of Eneref Institute is to raise awareness for clear, specific solutions that foster an earth-friendly economy. Eneref Institute works to promote sustainable solutions with US and international government agencies as a liaison between government and industry. Eneref develops influential initiatives that lead others, with messaging designed to build advocacy for common-sense solutions that achieve effective results. Eneref Institute reports are available for download. Visit www.eneref.org.

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