Cincinnati -- The Kroger Co. has saved more than 2.34 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, which equals 1.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, in 2011, according to the chain’s sixth annual Sustainability Report.
"In 2011, our stores saved enough energy to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for a single year,” said David B. Dillon, Kroger's chairman and CEO. “We're proud to have donated the equivalent of 160 million meals to local food banks through our partnership with Feeding America, placing us among the top-tier donors.”
According to the report, one of Kroger's new stores will consume 30% less energy than a store built in 2000. The chain has reduced energy consumption through the increased use of LED lighting, motion sensors, skylights and control systems that monitor lighting, heating and cooling and refrigeration.
In addition, Kroger increased fleet efficiency by 9.75% in 2011, and by 25.5% since 2008.
Other highlights of Kroger's environmental and social sustainability progress in 2011 include:
The report is available at Sustainability.kroger.com.