Canadian Tire Petroleum Retail Petroleum Network eTemp Rollout | Canadian Tire Petroleum

“A great example of early adoption. The environmental and financial impacts of this project will be seen long into the future with little to no additional investments. An innovative solution to a potentially widespread audience with measurable energy reduction impact. The ROI shows that its implementation should be universal.”
--Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards judge

Throughout 2012 and 2013, Canadian Tire Petroleum (CTP) has retrofitted eligible stores in its 300 location network with eTemp devices. The eTemp consists of a food simulant contained in a double-skinned enclosure that mimics food temperature at approximately 10mm beneath the surface. Using eTemp, the thermostat regulates the refrigeration temperature based on food temperature rather than air temperature. When fitted to the thermostat, it significantly reduces the frequency of refrigeration cycles required. Based on pilot testing, claims of 20% energy savings were verified as well as claims around reduced mechanical wear. Retail coolers are particularly good targets for savings as they are in operation 24/7 – regardless of store hours – and are constantly working to keep a set temperature on coolers that have frequently opened doors, poor door seals, etc. To date, 228 stores have been retrofitted, and all new locations added to Canadian Tire’s network will receive eTemps.

canadian tire image reducedIn 2012, CTP piloted the device at five locations. Monitoring equipment was installed, and pilot results verified manufacturer claims; the business case justified the investment. Throughout the rest of 2012, CTP rolled out the device to eligible sites (locations with coolers, locations where equipment was owned by CTP), with about 100 locations targeted. Phase 2 took place throughout 2013, rolling out to an additional 130 locations.

With the rollout, Canadian Tire expects to annually avoid approximately 1.6 million kWh with related cost avoidance of approximately $160,000. This project helps Canadian Tire achieve its business sustainability approach to drive innovation, profitability and growth, by using technology to increase CTP’s business without growing the net carbon footprint.

A unique aspect of the project was that it forced a detailed inventory of store assets that had typically been ignored. Most environmental initiatives had focused on fuel dispensing equipment (petroleum storage tanks and lines) or lighting; coolers had largely flown under the radar. Before any rollout occurred, CTP assessed who owned the equipment (coolers are sometimes owned by local beverage bottlers), whether the cooler was large enough to justify investment, and the expected number of condensers on the unit (typically one unit required per condenser).