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C_passport® plays key role in Circular Supermarket by Jumbo

It is the essential next step in supermarket design: circularity! By making sustainable choices and recording information on circularity, this Jumbo in Bergen op Zoom is the perfect example for the supermarket of the future. Jumbo has set itself the goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2030, a process accelerated by this project. In this RBM-Retail project, Cirmar took care of recording all furnishing elements in C_passport® in order to provide insight into the emissions resulting from the furnishings, but also, in particular, to guarantee the next use of the materials. This allows Jumbo to make informed choices about its furnishing and describes in detail whether and where the materials get a next life.

Jumbo Bergen op Zoom

The supermarket in Bergen op Zoom represents the next step to fulfill Jumbo’s ambitions in terms of circularity. 

Why a circular supermarket?

Jumbo wants to give sustainability a more explicit role in its own operations. The furnishing of its supermarkets is one of the areas where a lot could be gained. Therefore, under the direction of RBM-retail and in collaboration with the Circular Innovation Partners (CIP), Cirmar equipped the entire interior with digital product passports. As material use and product composition are important, if not the biggest contributors to emissions, the results are impressive.

Result #1 – more than 80% circular.

As part of the dismantling process of the old interior, Agricon Nederland identified all the materials that could be reused. For the new interior, reusable materials were used as much as possible, making the new interior almost completely circular. This means that 80% of the furnishing elements are designed to be taken apart again after use. This obviously makes it much easier to fulfill recycling and refurbishing. We also investigated the possibilities of recycling or refurbishing products not designed for circularity. The result? 90% of the total equipment will be reused after this use cycle. That means huge savings on investments, materials and associated emissions.

Result #2 – CO2-savings: almost 160.000 kilograms.

And we are only talking about one branch. The potential impact Jumbo can make with all its supermarkets is therefore much greater. The emission reduction of this circular supermarket in Bergen op Zoom represents at least the equivalent of planting 6,367 full-sized trees. This saving is the result of a smart dismantling process (Van Afval Naar Grondstof, by Agricon Nederland) in which the old furnishings were reused as much as possible. In addition, materials have been ‘connected’ with each other, by putting together furnishing elements in a smarter way and coordinating them with each other. The most sustainable materials possible were also used for the new layout. And all relevant information about those materials was recorded in digital product passports, which is the perfect introduction for the next result we wanted to address.

Result #3 – 1300 C_passports® made.

That is a lot, all furnishing elements have at least one passport. In some cases, there are more, as products often do not consist of just one component. By specifically recording how products are composed, it is also possible to paint a better picture of reality. One component is recycled, while the other element is put back into the next use cycle with a minor refurbishment. The large number of digital product passports created for this project therefore mainly means that for the future, it is recorded where and how the materials can be reused. This preserves the quality and value of the materials.

Result #4 – 53% less energy use.

In a supermarket, 50 percent off usually means a discount for the customer. This discount of over 50% refers to the significantly lower energy consumption achieved by using more sustainable fixtures and fittings, managing the energy supply more efficiently, achieving a higher insulation value and, for example, using better refrigeration systems that cool more efficiently. Besides the environmental benefits, these savings are interesting because of high energy prices.

RBM-Retail provided the project management for the renovation of the circular supermarket Jumbo Bergen op Zoom. FBBasic (parent company of Cirmar) provided expertise and advice in the knowledge area of circular economy, the Circular Innovation Partners provided ‘specials’: each supplier provided a circular innovation.

Cooperation is worth the effort.

This may also be called a result, but above all it is an important lesson. Sustainable, circular solutions require more cooperation. In this project for Jumbo’s Bergen op Zoom branch, it became clear that cooperation between RBM-Retail, the Circular Innovation Partners and all other parties involved makes all the difference. Circular solutions are shaped by involving the entire supply chain, from producer to recycler: everyone contributes!

Want to get started with circularity as well?

Material conservation is the future and leads to emission reductions. By creating digital product passports for your products and services, you preserve value and quality, not only in this circular supermarket! Take an important step and secure the next use of valuable materials. Get to know Cirmar’s tech tools by starting a free trial. Want to know more about how you can use circularity to make a difference for your customers? Then read more about our tech tools, or get in touch. Together, we are building a circular economy!

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