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October 2006

 

Walmart commits to high energy efficiency

Washington— Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s commitment to energy efficiency, including a plan to reduce by 20 percent the amount of energy used in all its existing stores, has earned the retailer the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2006 Chairman’s Award.

The award also recognizes the company’s existing energy practices and commitment to design and open a viable prototype store within 4 years that is 25 to 30 percent more energy efficient and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent.

“As the nation’s largest private electricity consumer, Wal-Mart recognizes that it can have a huge impact and be a powerful force for change in the private sector by reducing its energy use and contributing to environmental sustainability,” said Alliance president Kateri Callahan.

As part of Scott’s 2005 challenge to make preservation of the environment a core company objective, Wal-Mart Stores made a commitment to invest some $500 million a year in energy efficiency and sustainable technologies, reduce green house gas emissions from existing stores and distribution centers by 20 percent over the next seven years, increase the efficiency of its heavy-duty truck fleet by 25 percent in three years and 100 percent in 10 years.

They will implement a “green company” program in China and initiate programs that show preference to suppliers that set their own sustainability goals and aggressively reduce their own green house gas emissions.

In addition, Wal-Mart has a wide range of existing energy-efficiency and green house gas reduction policies in place. These include:

  • Outfitting the company’s entire truck fleet with auxiliary power units that reduce annual GHG emissions by 100,000 metric tons and save 10 million gallons of fuel;
  • Increasing to 100 the number of hybrid-electric vehicles in the company’s corporate car fleet, with plans to add at least 100 more such vehicles each year;
  • Using produce packaging at Sam’s Club that saves the equivalent of 800,000 gallons of gasoline and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 11 million pounds;
  • Making a commitment to explore energy-saving technologies and materials at two experimental stores;
  • Using “daylight harvesting” — skylights with computer-controlled continuous dimming — at more than 2,000 locations and newer, more energy-efficient lighting at nearly all older stores, resulting in a 15 to 20 percent reduction in energy load;
  • Using cool roof technology to reduce the cooling load by 10 percent;
  • Implementing an extensive waste heat capture system at more than 2,000 facilities that uses captured waste heat from refrigeration equipment to heat water for stores’ kitchen prep areas.


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