Factbox: Dim the lights: Europes retailers scramble to cut energy use

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(Reuters) – Shutting early, switching off the lights and lowering temperatures are among the measures being taken by Europe’s retailers and shopping malls to try and cut energy use and contain a crisis stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Some supermarkets, such as Belgian grocer Colruyt, France’s Carrefour, Leclerc and Auchan and three branches of Commercianti Indipendenti Associati, part of Italian chain Conad, have dimmed lights.

France’s Casino started switching off lights after hours in stores of its brands Franprix, Casino and Cdiscount from October, a measure Coop Switzerland’s supermarkets and brands are also implementing on a voluntary basis.

Luxury companies including LVMH, Ermenegildo Zegna and Italian fashion house Valentino have started switching off lights in shops earlier at night, while French luxury brand Kering has switched off lights in unoccupied areas.

Leclerc, French consumer electronics retailer FNAC Darty, Coop Alleanza 3.0 and shopping mall owner Klepierre, are turning off outdoor illuminated signs after closing, while the Austrian branch of multinational retail chain SPAR Group and French telecoms group Iliad reduced the hours of outdoor lighting.

The French group also cut the time that advertising screens and shop displays are switched on. Similarly, sportswear maker Adidas has reduced the operation time of LED screens, while fashion group OTB since the spring has turned off window-display lighting at night, and has installed sensors to turn lights on and off in staff rooms.

Spanish discount supermarket chain DIA will automate systems that were previously manual in around 1,000 stores in Spain, 30% of its shops in the country, by adjusting lighting schedules according to sunlight.

In Germany, privately-held MediaMarktSaturn Group restricted the operation of TV sets on sales floors. Stores can additionally switch off escalators and reduce lighting levels.

Many companies, including British retailer Marks & Spencer and Germany’s Schwarz group, owner of discount supermarket Lidl and supermarket chain Kaufland, have also converted lights to more efficient LEDs.

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