Glasgow petrol station gets energy-efficient revamp


Motorists using the Sainsbury’s petrol station in Darnley, Glasgow are to see a range of energy-efficient improvements in place thanks to a recent revamp.

The Mains Road facility opened last month and is utilising solar panels, rainwater collection systems and recycled building materials in order to reduce its carbon footprint and energy usage, reports the Glasgow Evening Times.

Harvested water is being collected in a 600-litre tank on the roof for use in the car wash and restrooms, allowing around 1.7 million litres to be saved annually.

Meanwhile, the kerbing in front of the petrol station has been constructed with recycled glass and plastic instead of concrete, while use of solar technology is also expected to help contribute to a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

David Penfold, Sainsbury’s head of sustainability and innovation, said: “A normal petrol station with the same specification as Darnley uses energy equivalent to 38 households. The new petrol station has been designed to really minimise our need to consume energy.”

Earlier this year, Glasgow City Council announced it is playing its part in helping the environment by taking on a number of Peugeot eExpert electric vehicles to add to its fleet.

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