Explanation of the problem

On hot days, fewer people go shopping in retail areas that are uncomfortably warm. This can lead to a decrease in productivity and turnover. Cooled retail environments may become busier.

Perishable goods can lose their shelf life more quickly due to the heat, leading to potential revenue loss. At the same time, there is an increase in demand for cooling foods and products such as ice cream, soft drinks, swimwear, air conditioners, and fans. Generally, more energy is needed for the cooling of retail spaces and perishable goods.

Information and maps for better understanding

Basic maps according to the standardized stress test

  • Detailed heat map of the perceived temperature on a hot day Climate Impact Atlas) → provides insight into which retail areas are sufficiently cool and pleasant for shopping and which are not.

Additional maps

  • Map showing the number of summer or tropical days now and in the future (Climate Impact Atlas) → provides insight into the number of days when the retail sector may be affected by hot weather.

Some measures and guidelines

  • Spatial adaptation to keep the outdoor temperature and perceived temperature low (see comfort in the city) in shopping streets, market squares, and parking lots.
  • Creating shade with trees, pergolas, awnings, or cloths above shopping streets, market squares, and parking lots.
  • Installing misting systems on terraces and in shopping streets (but be mindful of the risk of Legionella spread).
  • Adjusting store hours.
  • Install free water supply points (free drinking water supply points – map of the Netherlands).