Wal-Mart Canada reduces energy use with summer lighting program



    Move to two-thirds lighting summer-long expected to reduce
    carbon emissions and help with summer smog conditions

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - For a fourth consecutive year, Wal-Mart
Canada is initiating its reduced summer lighting program in 270 of its
299 stores nationwide. By reducing its sales floor lighting by one-third,
during the summer months, the company expects to reduce carbon emissions, help
reduce summer smog conditions and aid with the stability of provincial power
grids.
    "Whether we're reducing store lighting or switching our 1.75 million
in-store lights to energy efficient bulbs, we're committed to making our
operations more environmentally sustainable," said Jim Thompson, Wal-Mart
Canada's senior vice president of operations. "As we work towards being a
better steward of the environment, our customers will also benefit as lower
operating costs help support our everyday low prices."
    The reduced summer lighting program was piloted in Wal-Mart stores
throughout Ontario in the summers of 2005 and 2006 and was originally
initiated in response to ongoing summer energy concerns in the province.
    Wal-Mart Canada has adopted numerous other energy saving initiatives
across its operations to minimize its environmental footprint. 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 signage to
lower wattage LED lights. The company has added additional insulation to the
roof of new and converted stores and reduced energy loss by 25 per cent last
year. Wal-Mart Canada is also the nation's largest purchaser of green power
and currently operates the equivalent of 15 stores emissions-free.
    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
       customers.

    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


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