Wal-Mart Canada Stores to Cut Energy Use 30%
Wal-Mart Canda President and CEO David Cheesewright has announced plans to cut energy use by more than 30 percent in new Wal-Mart high-efficiency stores opening in 2009.
The “Wal-Mart HE” stores will be designed with features such as:
– Capturing waste heat from refrigerators to heat air in other areas of the store.
– Eliminating wasteful ways frozen foods have traditionally been stocked.
– Installing display lights that turn off and on based on customer-motion detectors.
– Cutting energy used to light sales floors by 20 percent.
– Installing LED lights in various application such as store-front signs.
– Incorporating low-flow water fixtures.
– Eliminating the need for constant heating, cooling and ventilation through centralized control.
– Using construction materials wisely, eliminating ceilings and changing chemical-intensive flooring.
– Reducing the size of prototypical stores and committing the company to improved logistics and efficiencies.
Wal-Mart is also partnering up with the Ontario government to invest and test new made-in-Ontario solar technology on the roof of a store planned for 2009 construction.
Although the company has been taking strides to green its brand — installing solar panels on its roof tops, reshaping milk cartons, and in one of its latest moves, asking suppliers to submit “green” products to help the company tell its story – critics recently blasted the company for lobbying in the U.S. against defining and standardizing carbon offsets.
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