NEW YORK — Walmart has now installed more than 1.5 million LED (light emitting diode) fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centres and corporate offices in ten countries.
With energy costs traditionally representing one of the company’s largest operating expenses, the monumental energy initiative over the past decade has reduced lighting energy consumption and reduced costs by more than $100 million.
“Energy is one of the key operating expenses that we can reduce while delivering system upgrades that improve the customer shopping experience,” explained Mark Vanderhelm, Walmart’s vice-president of energy.
“The ripple effect from these LED conversions throughout the business is truly staggering. We believe that by continuing to reduce one of our biggest operating expenses, we’re supporting future innovation.”
The LED commercial lighting initiative between Walmart and GE started 10 years ago with refrigeration display lighting and has grown to include parking lot and interior lighting. Many stores now also feature Current’s TriGain* technology, which is engineered to improve product visibility and enhance color vibrancy in areas like produce departments.
Walmart is also moving aggressively to complete LED and controls retrofits in 100 percent of its distribution centres in the U.S., along with a new initiative to replace all other forms of overhead lighting with LED.
“Walmart is setting a great example for the retail industry to follow,” said Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO of Current by GE.
“We believe the global LED and controls transformation is paving the way for the next generation of smart retail, where steady advancement toward new digital solutions will continue improving the shopping experience. Walmart is once again on the leading edge of progress.”
Walmart’s investment in energy efficiency has reduced energy use per square foot by more than 12 percent since 2010. Its LED investments are part of Walmart’s science-based emissions reduction plan aimed at meeting its goal to reduce emissions 18 percent by 2025 (from 2015 levels) in its own operations through a combination of increased energy efficiency, sourcing of renewable energy and improvements in refrigeration systems and fleet efficiency.
GE’s Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE, Current blends advanced energy technologies like LED and solar with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings and industrial facilities more energy efficient & productive.