By Ryan McGreal
Published January 06, 2009
A new essay by Jean-Marie Beauvais, published by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI), makes a compelling case from evidence that shopping at large, suburban superstores consumes over four times as much transportation energy (PDF link) as shopping in a local grocery store.
The author finds that both the size and the location of the store have an independent effect on transportation energy use, with a concomitant rise in greenhouse gas emissions for larger and more distant stores.
The author concludes, "Taking into account the very strong impact on CO2 emissions ... the question arises as to whether, in the light of sustainable development, the hypermarket situated on the outskirts is the right model to export across the world."
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