Wal-Mart Canada Keen on McGuinty Government's Energy Initiatives

    Retailer drives higher-efficiency bulb alternatives and energy reduction

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 18 /CNW/ - In response to announcements made today
by Ontario's Energy Minister and Minister of the Environment, Wal-Mart Canada
reiterated its commitment to the programs and decisions designed by the
McGuinty government to reduce energy use in the province.
    "We applaud the McGuinty government for its strong commitment to various
provincial energy management programs and its long-term goal to diminish the
use of inefficient lighting in homes and businesses," said John Lawrence,
Wal-Mart Canada's director of corporate social responsibility.
    "Consistent with Ontario's goals, we are encouraging our own customers to
purchase the more efficient compact-fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) through
attempts to heighten the profile and lower the cost of these products," said
    Wal-Mart Canada has re-oriented its stores and displays to promote the
purchase of CFLs and this year launched a private-label line, "Energy Value,"
with CFLs priced less than $2 per bulb in a value pack. The company will
announce more initiatives designed to encourage customers to convert to CFLs
throughout the year.
    The company will also again participate in Ontario's upcoming Every
Kilowatt Counts coupon program, offering specific CFLs, furnace filters, solar
lighting systems, and other efficient products at reduced prices.
    "In addition to encouraging customers to convert, we are also practicing
what we preach," said Lawrence. "We have converted our own stores to
higher-efficiency lighting and for the past two summers we have reduced our
lighting in Ontario stores to two-thirds power to reduce our effect on the
province's energy supply."
    By converting from traditional to more efficient light bulbs, the energy
consumed by lighting a Wal-Mart store is reduced by 25 per cent, avoiding
consumption of approximately 165 megawatt hours of electricity, and saving
approximately $12,000 each year in energy costs.
    By reducing summer lighting by one-third over the past two summers,
Wal-Mart's Ontario stores reduced their combined energy consumption by
9500 megawatt hours, offsetting 2850 tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to
taking 285 cars off the road for a year. In 2006, Ontario's Chief Energy
Conservation Officer, Peter Love, awarded Wal-Mart Canada a Certificate of
Recognition, acknowledging this program.

    Wal-Mart Canada operates 290 outlets nationwide. The company has three
long-term goals for sustainability: 1. To produce zero waste; 2. To be powered
100% by renewable energy; and 3. To make more environmentally preferable
products available to customers.

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Groh, Director, Corporate Affairs,
Wal-Mart Canada, (905) 821-2111 x8012

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