The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Ukraine’s food retailer Novus Group are promoting modern retail and logistics standards, with the construction of the country’s first green distribution centre in Kyiv.
The financing, which will amount to 100 million US dollars, will facilitate the construction or refurbishment of more than 30 new Novus stores by the end of 2022, which will almost double the total number of the retailer’s supermarkets across Ukraine.
Novus will also use the funds to build the first green distribution centre – a state-of-the-art logistics facility compliant with the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) principles for the construction of environmentally sustainable buildings.
“Today we pay a lot of attention to the company’s development in the direction of energy-saving technologies and environmental friendliness of the business,” said Oleksiy Panasenko, NOVUS Chief Operating Officer. “We are constantly improving the equipment used in our stores, we actively use environmentally friendly materials. Environmental cleanliness and business responsibility are one of the key requirements of modern society.”
Freon and ammonia-free refrigeration systems, which will be installed in the centre, are a novelty in the Ukrainian food retail market.