Retailer reduces lighting for full-day on March 29 to encourage action
for climate change
MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada announced today that it
is reducing its store lighting in support of Earth Hour, a global event
organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness of climate change.
Earth Hour calls for individuals and businesses to shut off their lights
for one hour at 8 p.m. on March 29. Wal-Mart Canada is responding with a
commitment to reduce its sales floor lighting by one-third, for the duration
of that day, in nearly all of its stores nationwide.
"Rather than shut our lights off for one hour, we're reducing them
all-day," said Jim Thompson, Wal-Mart Canada's senior vice president of
operations. "We believe this is a creative solution to the need to serve our
customers and one that will have a huge impact not just in the energy we save,
but the message we send to the more than one million customers who will walk
through our doors that day."
This is not the first time the company has reduced its store lighting. In
the summer of 2005, Wal-Mart Canada piloted a reduced lighting program
throughout Ontario in response to an ongoing summer energy concern in the
province. Since then, the company has reduced its lighting, in all but a few
stores, during summer months and plans to do the same this year.
"Our involvement in Earth Hour is symbolic of Wal-Mart's wider commitment
to reducing its environmental footprint and to promoting sustainability among
stakeholders," added Thompson. "We're taking bold steps within our own
business to reduce our environmental impact but we're also aggressively
promoting it among our customers, suppliers and the business community
at-large through initiatives such as Earth Hour."
Reducing lighting is just one of the ways Wal-Mart Canada is minimizing
its environmental footprint in the energy area. 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 building signage to LED
lights, which use less energy than traditional fluorescent lighting. All new
stores include additional insulation in the roof, which has reduced energy
loss by 25 per cent in converted stores.
Wal-Mart Canada is also looking at ways to supply itself with more
sustainable forms of energy and became the largest Canadian corporate
purchaser of emissions-free power last year. The company currently operates
the equivalent of 15 stores emissions-free, through the purchase of power from
solar, wind and low-impact hydro sources.
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
For more information on how Wal-Mart Canada is contributing to the
greener good, please visit: www.forthegreenergood.ca.
About Wal-Mart Canada
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates
299 retail outlets nationwide. The company's vision is to demonstrate
environmental leadership by reducing the ecological impact of its 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: Karin Campbell, corporate affairs, Wal-Mart
Canada, (905) 821-2111 x 4042