Wal-Mart Canada cuts emissions through lower lighting, green power purchase
MISSISSAUGA, ONT-By reducing lighting in 240 of its 284 its stores across the country, Wal-Mart Canada expects to cut its carbon emissions by more than 4,500 tons. Starting June 4, lighting in the 240 stores was reduced to two-thirds. Participating stores have posted door-front notices announcing the change and promoting the related environmental benefit to customers. The move is part of the company's plan to reduce carbon emissions by a minimum of 19,000 tons this year. It will also help control summer smog conditions and aid the stability of provincial power grids. The retailer has also signed a three-year agreement to purchase 31,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable power from Bullfrog Power to green the electricity of three of its Alberta stores, in Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge. It doing so, Wal-Mart has joined more than a dozen companies supporting Bullfrog's entry into the Alberta market by "bullfrogpowering" their operations in that province. In combination with existing alternative energy contracts in Ontario and British Columbia, the Alberta purchase makes Wal-Mart Canada the nation's largest commercial purchaser of green power. In 2007, the company will operate the equivalent of 15 stores emissions free, through the purchase of green power from solar, wind and low-impact hydro sources. Since 2004 Wal-Mart Canada has purchased renewable energy for 25% per cent of its stores in British Columbia through BC Hydro and in 2006, began reducing the emissions footprint of its first three Wal-Mart Supercentres in Ontario through a long-term partnership with Bullfrog.