Canadian Tire Among First Canadian Companies to Report Sustainability Metrics
on a Quarterly Basis

Efforts reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste, generating returns for shareholders

TORONTO, Nov. 11 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (CTC, CTC.a) announced today that 89 sustainability projects have been completed in the third quarter, bringing the total number of projects in 2010 to 203. This represents an annual productivity gain of an estimated $3 million in avoided cost while reducing GHG emissions and waste. Canadian Tire is among the first major Canadian companies to report quarterly on its efforts, reflecting the integration of sustainability into its daily operations and aligning environmental and profit performances.

"This quarter marks Canadian Tire's first, regular quarterly sustainability report on sustainability upgrades and process improvements, low carbon energy generation, and industry product stewardship and recycling programs," said Tyler Elm, Vice President of Business Sustainability, Canadian Tire Corporation. "Focussing on these areas emphasizes our commitment to our sustainability goals and allows us to carefully track our progress as we become more efficient in our business operations."

Specific sustainability measures are reported in relation to three key segments of the business operations: Products; transportation of these products to retail stores; and the operation of the Company's owned and leased buildings. Within these areas, Canadian Tire continues to innovate and has made significant strides this quarter and for the year-to-date:

  • The 203 business sustainability initiatives completed between January and September are forecasted to help Canadian Tire avoid using approximately 71,400 gigajoules of energy and prevent 3,700 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (C0₂-equivalents) each year. This reflects a savings equivalent to the energy used and greenhouse gas emitted from powering 674 Canadian homes for a year.

  • Canadian Tire operates two low carbon energy generation installations that include solar PV and geothermal technologies. Since the start of operation in 2008, these installations have generated a total of 76,869 kWh, which helped to avoid 18 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the local economy.

  • Canadian Tire Retail has contributed $7.4 million in funds year-to-date to community blue box and industry product stewardship and recycling programs.

  • Packaging and handling changes to 111 retail products will help us avoid more than 560 tonnes of product and packaging waste annually.

  • For the year-to-date, 35 products have been right-sized, contributing to a forecasted annual avoidance of over 470 tonnes of packaging material. Product rightsizing ensures that products are not over-packaged for the size and fragility of the product in question. For Canadian Tire, the benefits of this are two-fold: it reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfills once the customer purchases the product and disposes of the packaging; and smaller packages fit more efficiently in shipping containers and trucks thereby reducing the greenhouse gases emitted to get the product to the store and on the shelves.

    One recent example of right-sizing is Canadian Tire's Likewise brand of outdoor swift tie garbage bags. Working with vendors, the product packaging was changed from a flat-fold format to a new roll format. This reduced the size of the package and related product by 30 per cent and reduced the weight by 11 per cent.
  • As more advanced sustainability technologies and materials become available, Canadian Tire is able to develop buildings that are more efficient. By the end of 2011, Canadian Tire will have designed, built, and opened the first of its next-generation of energy efficient stores that will be 75 per cent more energy efficient than those built in 20101.

Canadian Tire's sustainability initiatives have been recognized in recent months, demonstrating that its strategy having a positive impact on communities from coast-to-coast.

  • BC Hydro recently recognized Canadian Tire for its energy efficiency efforts and commitment to energy conservation that runs from the independent dealers who operate individual stores through to the CEO.

  • One Change, an international organization that recognizes sustainability efforts across North America, has awarded Canadian Tire its Corporate Catalyst prize. One Change's mandate is to prove how a simple catalyst action, coupled with measurable and tested programs, can transform self perception and produce broad public participation in government or utility programs.

As previously published, Canadian Tire has three aspirational goals connected to its sustainability initiatives: Grow the business without increasing the net carbon footprint of the economy; eliminate unnecessary packaging while sending zero waste to landfills; and, provide innovative products and services that meet customers' needs without compromising future generations.

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For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Company's actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Information Form for fiscal 2009 and our 2009 Management's Discussion and Analysis, as well as Canadian Tire's other public filings, available at and at

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Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX: CTC.a, CTC) is one of Canada's most shopped general retailers with 482 Canadian Tire stores across the country. Our core retail and automotive operation is strengthened by PartSource, an automotive parts speciality chain; Canadian Tire Petroleum, one of the country's largest independent retailers of gasoline; Mark's, under the banner "Clothes That Work," a leading retailer of men's, women's and work apparel; and Canadian Tire Financial Services, which has issued approximately four million Canadian Tire MasterCard credit cards. More than 58,000 Canadians work across Canadian Tire's organization from coast-to-coast in the enterprise's retail, financial services and petroleum businesses.

1 This will reduce a new store's energy use from the current 191.8 ekwh/m2 to 109.3 ekwh/m2.

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