Sobeys releases sustainability report
Stellarton, Nova Scotia Sobeys has established new targets to reduce greenhouse gases and waste production as part of its first annual sustainability report, the footwear retailer said Monday.
According to a report by Supermarket News, Sobeys has outlined its long-term sustainability strategy, including new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% and total waste production by 30% by 2013.
“Our goal is to integrate a stronger sustainability mindset and performance culture within our day-to-day business practices,” Bill McEwan, president and CEO of Sobeys, said in a statement.
Sobeys is Canada’s second largest food retailer, with over 1,300 supermarkets operating under a variety of banners.
Starbucks in lighting alliance with GE
Seattle Starbucks Coffee Co. has begun retrofitting the halogen and incandescent lighting in its stores with LED lights. The lighting conversion program is the result of an alliance with GE Consumer & Industrial to develop a solution that will help reduce energy consumption as well as utility and maintenance costs at Starbucks stores around the world.
The chain began implementing the LED conversion program in all company-owned U.S. stores, and has completed more than 1,000 locations to date. It plans to expand the program to international markets in March 2010, and hopes to complete installation in more than 8,000 company-owned stores around the world by the end of 2010. Starbucks credits LEDs with a projected 7% per-store reduction in energy use, which will contribute to the company’s goal of achieving a 25% reduction in energy use by the end of 2010.
Starbucks first explored substituting its incandescent and halogen lighting with LEDs in 2008. But it couldn’t find a commercially available product that met its functional and aesthetic requirements. It reached out to GE to identify a solution. With input from Starbucks about its specific needs, GE developed a highly energy-efficient LED product that also complements the chain’s store-design strategy and fits existing fixtures.
“Our team jumped at the chance to create a GE-quality LED solution that could meet Starbuck’s stringent efficiency and color-quality requirements,” said Michael Petras, president and CEO, GE Consumer & Industrial’s lighting and electrical business. Starbucks’ aggressive moves on the conservation front will have far-reaching environmental and financial impacts. Other GE customers will benefit from these achievements.”
A&P recognized for environmental stewardship
Montvale, N.J. A&P has been awarded the Environmental Stewardship Program of the Year at the 6th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business held in New York City, according to a report by Supermarket News.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition in 54 categories recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the organizations they run.
A&P’s sustainability team, led by Jennifer MacLeod, senior VP, marketing & communications, examined every facet of the business in 2008 and 2009 to improve A&P’s environmental efforts, capturing current practices, researching industry trends, meeting with sustainability experts, and developing programs to help preserve the environment, and conserve natural resources, said Nicole Amato, a spokeswoman for the Stevie Awards.
This effort resulted in “strategies to integrate and streamline the practices across their supermarket banners: A&P, Food Basics, SuperFresh, Pathmark, The Food Emporium and Waldbaum’s,” she said.