Loblaw Launches First Environmental Flagship Superstore in Ontario



    Green Innovation Introduces Eco-Friendly Shopping and Prototype for the
    Future; Organization Recognized by Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation
    Officer for Efforts in Energy Management and Conservation

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ - As one of the North American grocery leaders in
energy management and alternate refrigeration approaches, Loblaw continues to
lead the way in reducing its carbon footprint with the new Scarborough Loblaw
Superstore launch - its first environmental flagship store in Ontario. This
store is a continuation of Loblaw's long-term commitment towards
environmentally responsible green retailing.
    At 120,000 sq. ft., the Scarborough Loblaw Superstore will soon be the
largest food retail store to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design Green Building Rating System)-certified in Canada - and a prototype for
future Loblaw Companies Limited stores across Canada.
    "We are excited about the innovative approaches that we have successfully
implemented in this store," said Mark Schembri, V.P. Loblaw Companies Limited.
"Undertaking the LEED accreditation process for the store has resulted in many
new, environmentally-friendly design approaches that we will also incorporate
in future stores."
    To remove the heat from chilled and frozen display fixtures, traditional
grocery stores utilize a significant amount of refrigerant gas. When these
refrigerants leak they cause greenhouse gas emissions. The Scarborough
Superstore, through alternate design approaches, has reduced this refrigerant
charge by 85%. The store is the first low temperature secondary CO2 system in
Canada and the largest in North America. This will cause an estimated
reduction to the store's carbon footprint of 15%.
    To reduce the energy associated with store heating, the retail sales area
of the store will be entirely heated in the winter with recycled heat that is
rejected from the refrigeration system. This will result in further reducing
the store's carbon footprint by 7%.
    "Residents around Scarborough will now enjoy shopping at a local Loblaw's
store that is truly unique, the first-of-its-kind, energy-efficient and great
for the environment," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural
Resources. "Our Government is proud to have partnered with Loblaws, and to
have provided expertise for this new refrigeration technology. This new
technology will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly compared
to conventional stores."
    "Loblaw is changing the face of Canadian grocery retail with their
Scarborough Superstore," said Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation
Officer, who today presented the organization with a Certificate of
Recognition for the company's efforts in energy management and conservation.
"I hope the energy efficiency initiatives incorporated in the heating, cooling
and lighting systems will inspire other retailers to make similar changes.
This will reduce the amount of wasted energy, limit our collective greenhouse
gas production and ultimately grow businesses' bottom line."
    At the Scarborough Superstore, consumers will enjoy the benefits of a
wide choice of recyclable bag offerings from cloth to bin, secure bicycle
racks and alternative accessibility through public transit - in addition to
Loblaw's superior range of grocery items from fresh to frozen, including house
brand President's Choice (for Green, Organics and Blue Menu lines), a new
extended selection of ethnic food offerings and the latest looks from Joe
Fresh Style.

    
    Other eco-friendly items incorporated in the store include;
      -  Motion-activated LED lighting in Freezer cases to cut energy usage
         by an estimated 50% - The lights will activate when the customer
         enters the aisle.
      -  Electricity demand response system that reduces the stores
         electricity consumption based on the demand on the provincial grid -
         When the provincial demand for electricity peaks, Loblaw will
         automatically reduce its energy consumption.
      -  Multiple waste diversion streams to meet Loblaw's 70% waste diverted
         from landfill target - One diversion involves collecting grease from
         cooking chickens in the stores and converting it to bio-diesel to
         fuel trucks.
    

    About LEED Certification

    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating
System encourages global adoption of sustainable green building and
development practices through the creation and implementation of universally
understood and accredited criteria. LEED is a third-party certification
program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high performance green buildings.

    About Loblaw Companies Limited

    Loblaw Companies Limited is Canada's largest food distributor and a
leading provider of general merchandise, drugstore and financial products and
services. Through its various operating banners, Loblaw is committed to
providing Canadians with a one-stop destination in meeting their food and
everyday household needs. This goal is pursued through a portfolio of store
formats across the country. It also offers one of Canada's strongest control
label programs, including the unique President's Choice(R) and no name(R)
brands. Loblaw is one of the largest private-sector employers in Canada,
employing over 139,000 full-time and part-time employees.

    About Project Partners

    Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) champions innovation and expertise in
earth sciences, forestry, energy and minerals and metals to ensure the
responsible and sustainable development of our nation's natural resources. By
developing policies and programs, NRCan strives to enhance the contribution of
the natural resources sector to the economy and improve the quality of life
for all Canadians. NRCan's CANMET Energy Technology Centre is the Canadian
leader in clean energy research and technology development, working with the
energy industry, academia and environmental stakeholders to develop, test,
demonstrate and deploy clean energy technologies.





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For further information: or to arrange an interview with Mark Schembri,
please contact: Diane Sidik, (416) 847-1316, diane.sidik@mslpr.ca, Manning
Selvage & Lee (MS&L)


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