Sainsbury’s has opened a new store in Leek, Staffordshire, complete with energy efficient LED lighting.

It is the first supermarket to be fitted with GE Lighting’s Linear Suspended Lighting which includes daylight sensors to optimise natural daylight and delivers a 59% lighting energy saving.

It also provides uniform light across the store and less glare from the flooring.

“We originally trialled the lighting in one of our local convenience stores in Scotland late last year and the initial findings were so positive that we decided to install it in our new Leek supermarket,” said Sainsbury’s head of sustainability Paul Crewe.

We will be monitoring its performance closely over the coming months as a potential technology for carbon reduction in our stores.”

The new Leek store also features a biomass boiler to heat the store and hot water, rainwater harvesting and other water saving measures reducing water consumption by 45%, natural refrigeration for fridges and freezers, recycling facilities and zero food waste to landfill.