Best Buy releases sustainability report
Minneapolis Best Buy Co. on Tuesday announced the release of its fiscal 2010 Sustainability Report.
“Sustainability for Best Buy means placing a focus on the people, technology and the power needed in the connected world,” said Brian Dunn, CEO, Best Buy. “We believe that technology holds the power to make the planet more connected and, in a word, better — but only if it is created to serve people and the things they care about.”
Albertsons, SunEdison activate solar-power systems at 3 stores
Fullerton, Calif. Albertsons a division of Supervalu, and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar-energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Tuesday announced the activation of rooftop solar-power systems at three Albertsons grocery stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine, Calif. The installations were constructed by channel partner REC Solar.
SunEdison financed the solar-power plants and will monitor and maintain the systems that will produce more than 12 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy over the next 20 years. The environmental attributes associated with the systems will offset more than 13 million pounds of carbon dioxide over the initial 20 years of operation — the equivalent of taking 1,300 cars off the road for the same period.
“We are delighted to align with SunEdison for the activation of these solar sites that required no upfront capital costs for Albertsons,” said Rick Crandall, director of environmental stewardship for Albertsons Southern California Division “The sites will allow us to continue making progress on our cost-saving measures and to support the use of clean energy as an alternative to the grid.”
Under the solar-power purchase agreement (SPPA) with SunEdison, Supervalu will purchase the energy produced to offset their demand from the grid for 20 years. The solar power plants are the first activated between Supervalu and SunEdison.
SunEdison worked closely with channel partner REC Solar, which has completed more than 35 commercial solar systems for national and local retailers, totaling 16MW in the past 24 months. Supervalu and SunEdison are investigating future deployment opportunities in other regions of the United States.
Kroger details sustainability progress
Cincinnati The Kroger Co. has reduced its overall energy consumption more than 27% since 2000, according to the grocer’s 2010 Sustainability Report, which was recently published online.
The report details progress the chain has made in its core sustainability priorities, which include reducing its carbon footprint, especially by decreasing energy usage; eliminating and recycling waste including reducing plastic bag use; and lowering the impact of its transportation operations.
According to the report, Kroger has reduced its normalized carbon footprint by more than 5% since 2006. Its total carbon footprint has remained flat, despite growth in square footage, tonnage and sales.
Kroger found that nearly three-quarters of its carbon footprint is attributed to energy use and electricity the company purchases from utilities. Kroger’s goal for 2010 is to reduce our stores’ energy use by 30% from our baseline year of 2000.
Currently, Kroger’s new stores will consume 25% less energy than a store built in 2000. The supermarket company is achieving this goal through several strategies, including replacing lighting with LED fixtures that use 75% less energy. By the end of 2010, LED lighting will be installed in nearly every store.
On the transportation front, Kroger’s transportation efficiency (cases shipped per gallon) improved by 7% in 2009.
Safety is a core value at Kroger. As a result of safety programs that are a fundamental part of daily practices, Kroger stores, plants and distribution centers are among the safest places to work in America. Kroger has reduced accident rates by more than 70% over the past 14 years. Kroger’s safety goal is zero accidents — both at work and at home.
Kroger donated enough food to create 40 million meals to feed hungry families in the communities it serves in 2009.