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Loblaw pledges 30 percent carbon reduction by 2030

Plan focused on energy-efficient stores and distribution centres, fuel-efficient transportation, and managing refrigerants and organic waste diversion


December 14, 2016
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BRAMPTON, Ontario—Loblaw Companies Limited has committed to reduce its carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030. The company, which ranks among Canada’s top energy users by virtue of its extensive retail network and trucking fleet, has an action plan focused on energy-efficient stores and distribution centres, fuel-efficient transportation, and managing refrigerants and organic waste diversion.

“At Loblaw, we recognize the growing environmental, social and business impact of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Galen Weston, executive chairman and president, Loblaw Companies Limited. “As one of Canada’s largest energy users, we are committed to being part of the solution. We will deliver carbon-reduction in line with our nation’s targets and demonstrate, along with other forward-looking Canadian companies, that these goals can be achieved without sacrificing economic growth.”

Loblaw’s greenhouse gas reduction targets are relative to a 2011 baseline established for corporate-owned facilities, which include distribution centres, offices, and retail stores. The company continues to work toward capturing emissions data in franchised operations, third-party fleet, and products that fall outside of these targets and will develop action plans to achieve further reductions.

Since 2011, Loblaw has initiated a growing number of carbon-reduction measures including centralized energy management, lighting conversions, systems and methods to control refrigerant leaks, equipment upgrades, improvements to truck aerodynamics and fuel use, and more.

Key strategies to achieve the full 30 percent reduction announced today, include installing new refrigeration systems that use carbon dioxide as a refrigerant, calibrating and optimizing energy management systems, and reducing waste to landfill.

By 2030, Loblaw will have reduced emissions associated with: electricity consumption by 35 percent, transportation by 25 percent, and refrigerants by 50 percent, and will improve waste diversion to 80 percent in stores and 95 percent in distribution centres.

“Everyone has a role to play to combat climate change, and it cannot be reversed without definitive action by businesses,” said David Miller, President and CEO, WWF-Canada. “This commitment reinforces Loblaw’s leadership, demonstrating an understanding that carbon reduction is within their control.”

The company is committed to reporting progress towards these carbon reduction targets and will do so in greater detail in its annual CSR report, the next to be released in Spring 2017.