Salisbury, N.C. The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program honored Food Lion with its eighth ENERGY STAR award. The award, for sustained excellence, is in recognition of the chain’s energy-conservation efforts in 2008, as well as its year-over-year energy-reduction achievements.
Food Lion employs numerous technologies and initiatives to conserve energy, including capturing the heat expelled from the motors of its refrigerated cases and using it to warm the cold-food aisles and back-room areas, to increasing store-lighting efficiency.
"We've taken such great strides to improve the energy-efficiency of our stores that the 2.5 trillion BTUs we've cut from our energy program since 2000 is the same amount of energy it takes to power 481 grocery stores,” explained Robert Canipe, senior VP corporate development, Food Lion. “It's as if 481 stores, or 39% of our entire chain, use no energy at all."