Canadian Wal-Mart stores lower summer lighting to cut eco-footprint



    Two-thirds lighting cuts 4,500 tons of carbon emissions, reduces smog and
    draw on power grid

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 4 /CNW/ - Today Wal-Mart Canada stores nationwide
began reducing lighting by one-third, a move designed to help the company meet
its plan to reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 19,000 tons this year. By
initiating summer-long lighting reduction in all locations possible, a total
240 of its 284 stores nationwide, the company expects to cut carbon emissions
by more than 4,500 tons, help control summer smog conditions, and aid the
stability of provincial power grids.
    Wal-Mart Canada plans to meet its emissions-reduction targets through a
combination of programs, including the continued retrofit of stores with more
efficient lighting, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems, and the
company's alternative energy plan, expected to make Wal-Mart the nation's
single largest commercial purchaser of alternative energy.
    The reduced summer-lighting program was piloted in Wal-Mart stores
throughout Ontario in the summers of 2005 and 2006, originally initiated in
response to ongoing summer energy concerns in the province. The nationwide
expansion of the program is part of Wal-Mart Canada's ambitious sustainability
goals and the company's recently announced "For the Greener Good" program.
    At the start of business today, lighting throughout the 240 Wal-Mart
stores was reduced to two-thirds. Participating stores have posted door-front
notices announcing the change and promoting the related environmental benefit
to customers.
    "Our customers have told us to be creative and to act boldly when it
comes to sustainability," said Mario Pilozzi, president and CEO of Wal-Mart
Canada Corp. "We have been amazed at the positive response and the positive
results already."
    Wal-Mart Canada is investigating all areas of its business for
opportunities to initiate sustainable change. The company currently has 13
internal networks seeking change in categories like product availability,
shipping, packaging, materials, store construction and design, and green house
gas reduction.
    "We have found that there is a great marriage between environmental
sustainability and business sustainability," said Pilozzi. "There are many
ways we can benefit our environment while benefiting our business. The effect
of our lighting reductions is a great example: less lighting means we save
more than a million dollars in energy costs while also taking the equivalent
of 500 cars off the road for the year."

    
    Wal-Mart has committed to 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.
    

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 277
discount stores, seven Wal-Mart Supercentres, and six SAM'S CLUB membership
warehouse operations. The company's environmental vision is to demonstrate
environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of our operations
through company-wide programs focused on waste, energy and products, as well
as outreach programs that preserve and enhance local environments.





For further information:

For further information: Kevin Groh, Director, Corporate Affairs,
Wal-Mart Canada, (905) 821-2111 x8012


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