The Group already incorporates sustainable factors in the design and product development phase of its work, for instance in selecting and optimising the use of raw materials with consideration to their environmental impact. Other factors include the product’s design and energy consumption.
This development work is taking place in the company’s own product companies and in close co-operation with the customer. The focus during product development is on well-thought-out solutions, good features, user friendliness, ergonomics and efficiency. When choosing materials for shop concepts, sustainable and recyclable materials are becoming increasingly important. ITAB’s creative teams take this into consideration from the start of the design and planning phase when developing concepts or products. Workshops have been launched during the year aimed at making it easier to share experiences and promote best practice in the Group.
ITAB develops and sells both professional lighting systems and self-checkout systems. These are two areas that are considered to affect a shop’s costs to a significant extent. The choice of lighting system affects energy and maintenance costs in a shop. Shops are placing ever greater emphasis on energy efficiency during new construction and refurbishments. One important area that creates benefits both for society and the environment is LED lighting.
ITAB’s sales of LEDs have increased in recent years, and currently stand at close to 100% of total lighting sales. The self-checkout solutions also lead to efficiency improvements and reduced staff costs in the checkout arena, as one person can manage between four and eight self-checkouts. ITAB judges that these will be prioritised investment areas for shops in future.
Goal 13 relates to combating climate change. ITAB’s contribution here is principally within the focus area Sustainable business development, where the LED technology plays a major role.
Thanks to ITAB’s lighting products, above all within LEDs, the Group is contributing to improved energy efficiency and reduced climate impact for its customers.
Economic policy expert on Sustainability CSR & Supply chain at the Swedish Trade Federation.
Which sustainability issues are currently important within the retail sector?
“That depends to some extent on which company you are talking about and which matters are most relevant for their operations. Issues that are high up on the agenda at present include sustainable production, chemicals, production conditions and safety.
“One important aspect is the fact that the retail sector is currently under considerable financial pressure, with the result that increasing focus is being placed on resource-efficiency. “Circularity considerations are also becoming increasingly widespread. Many companies now offer to recycle old products in their shops.”