Greene King Distribution Centre

Greene King saves nearly £15,000 a year with LED lighting in Abingdon distribution centre

Brewer reduces carbon footprint by 72% with rapid ROI in just over two years

The Client

Greene King is the country’s leading pub retailer and brewer, with over 3,100 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland.

The company has a strong heritage of over 200 years and operates managed, tenanted, leased and franchised pubs headquarters in Bury St. Edmunds.

Greene King is committed to reducing environmental impact, winning awards for its development of energy and water saving strategies, which it sees as key to the long-term sustainability of the business.

The brief

SaveMoneyCutCarbon was tasked with finding a solution for an LED lighting retrofit at the Greene King distribution centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire that would deliver much improved lighting in all areas together with measurable energy savings and reduced maintenance costs.

Energy costs reduced by


with LED lighting

The Solution

The large distribution centre had inefficient and ageing lighting across all areas (pictured below) and the constantly shifting volumes of product being stored meant that the quality and coverage of light needed to be at the highest standard.

The SaveMoneyCutCarbon Consultancy Sales team conducted an extensive technical survey and produced a detailed lighting design with comprehensive costings as part of an investment-ready proposal to provide the solid business case for LED upgrade.

With the detailed report, Greene King was confident of meeting its goals and commissioned the LED project.

The experienced SaveMoneyCutCarbon team installed 97 Thorn HiPak Pro LED high bay fittings (104W) in the warehouse and chilled room areas (see pictures below). At the same time, it fixed energy monitoring equipment to provide accurate data on electricity savings.

It worked closely with the distribution centre management to carry out any adjustments needed to ensure the optimum quality of light with extra high bays and repositioning.

The installation team also fitted LED panels with Lutron smart controls in the main office to maximise energy savings. LED panels were also fitted in other offices and the reception area with LED tubes installed in the distribution areas.

A major benefit of quality LED lighting is their long working life with a decade or more of sustained use that further reduces operational costs through less need for maintenance.


The lighting in the warehouse areas was complex to design as the stacks of kegs continually varied in height, meaning that light distribution changed as the overall positioning of products shifted. The team modified the design and positioning to optimise the light quality after initial installation.


  • Energy costs reduced by 72.3%
  • ROI in 2.29 years
  • Savings of £14,797 p.a.
  • Carbon emissions cuts by more than 72%
  • Improved & consistent lighting in all areas
  • Reduced maintenance costs.

“We needed to improve the lighting as it was very dark in the warehouse and ensure that safety standards were being met. There were big patches of the area that were not covered for light.

“While quality of light was the driver for the project, there was also a bonus in choosing LED fittings with the energy savings they provide.

“After the initial installation, it was clear that extra lighting would be needed and SaveMoneyCutCarbon delivered on that. I was extremely pleased with the installation team and the clear communications they provided. The final lighting levels are excellent.”

Wayne Brownlow, Greene King Abingdon distribution centre manager

“This was a complex project in terms of lighting design and it was important to identify the best solution for the changing composition of the warehouse area to provide the highest quality of light with maximum savings.

“We are committed to delivering over and above client needs and we worked closely with the distribution centre to adapt and improve the installation for the best results.”

Hannah Deeley, Consultative Sales Executive at SaveMoneyCutCarbon

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