Wal-Mart Brazil recently opened its “eco-efficient hypermarket” in the Campinho district, north of Rio de Janeiro. The company says that the store gathers the largest number of sustainable initiatives the company has ever implemented in any of its buildings.
The company invested approximately $21 million and expects to reduce energy consumption by at least 25 percent and water consumption by 40 percent.
Some of the 60 green initiatives at the hypermarket include using LED lamps for signs, installing walls with Styrofoam plaques on the facade, using solar energy and outfitting its employees with uniforms made from recycled PET bottles.
Wal-Mart recently signed a four-year agreement to purchase 226 million kilowatt-hours of wind energy annually from Duke Energy. The retailer says the purchase will lead to the creation of green jobs in Texas. The wind power is expected to supply up to 15 percent of the retailer’s total energy load in about 360 Texas stores and other facilities.
The company recently created a green jobs council and has partnered with many of its sustainability suppliers to facilitate the creation of green jobs in the U.S.
Executives from Waste Management, FedEx and Lenovo recently discussed sustainability and the supply chain at Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Summit in Beijing, China.