Wal-Mart becomes Canada's largest commercial purchaser of green power



    Renewable solar, wind and hydro energy powers stores in Ontario, B.C.,
    and now Alberta

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 7 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada has announced a
three-year agreement to purchase 31,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable
power from Bullfrog Power to green the electricity of three of its Alberta
stores. In combination with ongoing alternative-energy contracts in Ontario
and British Columbia, the Alberta purchase makes Wal-Mart Canada the nation's
largest commercial purchaser of green power. In 2007, the company will operate
the equivalent of 15 stores emissions free, through the purchase of green
power from solar, wind and low-impact hydro sources. This will contribute to
Wal-Mart Canada's plan to reduce its carbon emissions footprint by a minimum
of 19,000 tons this year.
    Since 2004 Wal-Mart Canada has purchased renewable energy for 25 per cent
of its stores in British Columbia through B.C. Hydro. In 2006 the company
began reducing the emissions footprint of its first three Wal-Mart
Supercentres in Ontario through an ongoing partnership with green electricity
retailer Bullfrog Power. And, earlier this week, Wal-Mart supported Bullfrog
Power's announced entry into the Alberta market by committing to
"bullfrogpower" one Wal-Mart store in each of the Calgary, Edmonton and
Lethbridge markets with 100 per cent made-in-Alberta wind power.
    Combined, Wal-Mart Canada's green power purchases have the equivalent
effect of taking approximately 3,875 cars off the road for a year, over the
duration of the three-year contracts. By supporting alternative energy
programs, Wal-Mart Canada will reduce its carbon footprint, help air quality,
contribute to the stability of provincial power grids that have historically
been strained and relied on fossil fuels, and foster the growth of the
renewable electricity market.
    "Our company has an ambitious goal to one day operate with 100 per cent
renewable energy," said Mario Pilozzi, president and CEO of Wal-Mart Canada.
"In the short term, we are focused on making immediate change through choices
like dimming our summer lighting and buying green power. In the long run, we
hope to play a role in fostering sustainable resources and making alternative
energy more mainstream."
    "Wal-Mart's latest green power purchase provides a high-profile example
for other companies considering sustainable change," said Tom Heintzman,
co-founder of Bullfrog Power. "By increasing its commitment to green power,
Wal-Mart is not just making important changes to its own business, it's also
helping to support the growth of the renewable power industry, and through
that support helping to create a cleaner, healthier environment for future
generations."

    
    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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