Two-thirds lighting cuts carbon emissions by 4,500 tons, reduces costs by
more than $1 million
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Wal-Mart Canada Corp. has returned to
full lighting following a summer-long two-thirds lighting initiative in 240
stores nationwide. The program, instituted as part of the company's effort to
cut carbon emissions by 19,000 tons this year, reduced emissions by 4,500 tons
- the equivalent of taking 450 cars off the road. Through electricity cost
reductions, Wal-Mart also saved more than $1.2 million.
Wal-Mart Canada's commitment to reducing carbon emissions is supported by
a variety of environmental best practices including higher-efficiency building
design, equipment upgrades and retrofits, and more closely managed energy use
across the business. This year, the company also became Canada's largest
commercial purchaser of green power, buying more wind, solar and alternative
energy than any company in the country.
"We view our energy choices as an investment," said Mario Pilozzi,
president and CEO of Wal-Mart Canada Corp. "On the one hand, our choice to
turn our lights down reduced the environmental cost of 4,500 tons of carbon,
and the business cost of $1.2 million in electricity. On the other hand, our
choice to bear the expense of major green-power purchases is really an
investment in the future of cleaner energy for everyone."
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 its "For the Greener Good" program.
"As we introduce more and more sustainable programs and products in our
stores, we feel we are better reflecting the Canadian mindset," said Pilozzi.
"Based on the flood of positive feedback we received by simply turning down
our lights, I think customers are eager for business like ours to make change
and lead the way on sustainability."
Wal-Mart Canada is investigating all areas of its business for
opportunities to initiate sustainable change. The company currently operates
13 internal sustainability networks seeking major environmental progress in
categories like product availability, shipping, packaging, materials, store
construction and design, and green house gas reduction.
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
Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart Canada Corp. operates 293
outlets nationwide. The company's environmental vision is to demonstrate
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: Kevin Groh, Director, Corporate Affairs,
Wal-Mart Canada, (905) 821-2111 x8012