Retailer expects to use 28 per cent less energy for lighting at new
store by using 18-watt LED lights
Company announces expansion of LED lighting program in six Ontario
STRATFORD, ON, Nov. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today unveiled its
first fully LED-lit store in Stratford, Ontario.
By installing 18-watt LED lights throughout the new supercentre instead
of conventional fluorescent lighting, the retailer estimates it will
reduce overall energy consumption at the store by 28 per cent. In
addition to using less energy, LED lights produce less heat and will
reduce the need for air conditioning which will further reduce energy
consumption. Combined, these energy saving measures will reduce energy
consumption by approximately 189,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) annually at
the store, resulting in a savings of approximately $18,000 per year.
Following a successful LED-retrofit pilot that exceeded expectations at
their Brampton North supercentre, the retailer is pleased to announce
that it will retrofit an additional six supercentres in Ontario with
LED-lighting. Stores in Oakville, Vaughan, Maple, Whitby, Bolton and an
additional location in Brampton will be retrofitted with 15-watt LED
lights over the next four months.
"As we continue to work towards our goal of operating with 100 per cent
renewable energy, it's important for us to also look at ways to reduce
or avoid energy usage wherever possible," said Jim Thompson, executive
vice-president of real estate and store development for Walmart Canada.
"Lighting the Stratford supercentre with LED lights allows us to
provide our customers with an improved shopping environment and make
our store less energy intensive."
Completed by Canadian EcoLight LED Systems Corp., of Brampton, Ontario,
Walmart installed close to 3,000 18-watt LED lights in the 88,000
square foot Stratford. In addition to the direct savings from using LED
lamps, the retailer will also save money because LED lights last longer
and do not need to be replaced as frequently as traditional fluorescent
EcoLight LED's enhanced partnership with a large Ontario-based lighting
fixture manufacturer has allowed the company to provide Walmart with
locally sourced materials, thus reducing greenhouse gases and carbon
footprint via decreased transportation and help keep valuable local
jobs that contribute to the economies of Ontario and Canada.
"We are pleased to be partnering with Walmart Canada on the Stratford
Store" said Michael Parker, Director of Operations & Sustainability of
Canadian EcoLight LED Systems Corp. "As we continue to develop and
manufacture energy efficient and proficient LED light products we
appreciate that a global leader like Walmart has recognized our
Walmart'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.
About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 382 locations nationwide
serving more than one million customers each day, as well as its
flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, which is visited by over 250,000 Canadians daily. With 95,000
associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada's largest employers and is
recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as having one of Canada's top 10
corporate cultures. Walmart Canada is focused on helping Canadian
families in need. Since 1994, Walmart has donated and raised more
than $180 million to Canadian charities and not-for-profit
organizations. Additional company information can be found at walmartcanada.ca, facebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/@walmartcanada.
SOURCE: WalMart Canada
For further information:
Walmart Canada Corporate Affairs
Canadian EcoLight LED Systems Corp.
Jim West, Director, North American Sales