Wal-Mart Commits to Making Stores in China More Eco-Friendly
(Oct. 22) Wal-Mart Stores announced a major effort to make Wal-Mart China a leader in sustainability in China by committing to make its stores more sustainable. The company will design and open a new store prototype that uses 40% less energy and will reduce energy use at existing stores by 30% by 2010.
In addition, during the next two years, Wal-Mart China will aim to cut water use in all of its stores in half by investing in new hardware and systems and developing best practices that will help its associates and stores use water more efficiently.
The company also pledged to bring more environmentally sustainable products to its store shelves.
Report: Shaw’s Store to Use Fuel Cell for Natural Gas
Shaw’s Supermarket is building a store in Newton, Mass., that will get 90% of its electricity from a 400-kilowatt fuel cell powered by natural gas, according to the Patriot Ledger. This is expected to reduce the store’s energy use by up to 211,000 kilowatt-hours per year.
Shaw’s Supermarkets also plans to install LED lights in freezer cases at 25 stores, with the Newton store serving as a pilot, the report said.
Since 2002, Stop & Shop has been moving towards greener buildings. The company spent more than $12 million this year installing low-energy light bulbs, energy-efficient freezer doors and modifying refrigeration systems, according to the Patriot Ledger.
Shaw’s is a division of Supervalu.
Best Buy to Reduce Carbon Emissions
Minneapolis Best Buy Co., Inc. has announced plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 8% per square foot across all U.S. stores and operations, including its corporate headquarters, fleet, and distribution centers by 2012.
According to a release, all new stores will be built with skylights and high-efficiency lighting, heating and cooling systems.
The company also will adopt a no-idling policy for its fleet, retrofit existing stores with skylights and upgrade their lighting and HVAC, and upgrade its energy-management system to address energy spikes in particular locations.
In addition, Best Buy will test solar panels in certain stores.