Thursday, June 5, 2008

Wal-Mart Canada reduces energy use with summer lighting program

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2008/05/c8520.html

Move to two-thirds lighting summer-long expected to reduce
carbon emissions and help with summer smog conditions


MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - For a fourth consecutive year, Wal-Mart Canada is initiating its reduced summer lighting program in 270 of its 299 stores nationwide. By reducing its sales floor lighting by one-third, during the summer months, the company expects to reduce carbon emissions help reduce summer smog conditions and aid with the stability of provincial power grids.

"Whether we're reducing store lighting or switching our 1.75 million in-store lights to energy efficient bulbs, we're committed to making our operations more environmentally sustainable," said Jim Thompson, Wal-Mart Canada's senior vice president of operations. "As we work towards being a better steward of the environment, our customers will also benefit as lower operating costs help support our everyday low prices."

The reduced summer lighting program was piloted in Wal-Mart stores throughout Ontario in the summers of 2005 and 2006 and was originally initiated in response to ongoing summer energy concerns in the province.

Wal-Mart Canada has adopted numerous other energy saving initiatives across its operations to minimize its environmental footprint. The company is in the process of changing its 1.75 million light bulbs chainwide to lower wattage bulbs, as replacements are needed, and switching exterior signage to lower wattage LED lights. The company has added additional insulation to the roof of new and converted stores and reduced energy loss by 25 per cent last year. Wal-Mart Canada is also the nation's largest purchaser of green power and currently operates the equivalent of 15 stores emissions-free.

These initiatives are part of a wider sustainability strategy and focus. Since 2005, Wal-Mart has been actively working towards three long-term sustainability goals globally and in Canada:
1. To produce zero waste;
2. To be powered 100 per cent by renewable energy; and,
3. To make more environmentally preferable products available to
customers.

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