Loblaw Companies Limited 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - page 8

Environment
Loblaw Companies Limited
2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
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Our Carbon Footprint
Electricity
Refrigerant releases
Buildings – fuel consumption
Waste
Fleet fuel consumption
Corporate travel
35.5%
29.6%
12.1%
11.2%
10.1%
1.5%
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* Data does not include Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, franchised
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**Emissions are calculated by The Delphi Group and follow the
Greenhouse Gas Reporting Protocol.
As a result of various carbon
reduction initiatives, Loblaw
operations achieved a 3%
reduction in carbon emissions in
2016 compared to 2015. Scope 1
emissions are direct emissions
resulting from fleet and building fuel
consumption, refrigerant releases
and corporate travel. Scope 2
emissions are indirect carbon
emissions resulting from electricity
consumption, and Scope 3
emissions are indirect emissions
associated with waste and from
other corporate travel.
Shift to Low GWP
Refrigerants
As a grocery retailer, we sell a lot
of refrigerated products. About
50% of a supermarket’s energy
consumption is attributed to
running a refrigeration system,
which is why we’ve focused on
new, more efficient refrigeration
technologies to reduce emissions.
This includes retrofitting refrigeration
systems in our stores and
distribution centres, investing
in refrigeration systems that use low
global warming potential (GWP)
refrigerants such as ammonia,
carbon dioxide and hydrofluoroolefin
(HFO) blends, and amplifying our
leak-checking protocols to help
reduce refrigerant leaks.
Reduced Electricity
Use by 1.8%
With lighting, refrigeration, and heating,
ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
systems accounting for most of our
electricity consumption, we’ve set –
and achieved – annual targets for
reducing electricity consumption for
the past several years. In 2016, we
reduced electricity use in existing
corporate grocery stores by 1.8%
per square foot.
Our ongoing lighting retrofit program
played a big part in our success –
reducing electricity consumption by
converting to LED lighting in grocery
store aisles, refrigerated cases,
produce departments and parking
lots. We also continued a program of
installing vertical doors on dairy and
frozen food cases in corporate
grocery stores to keep cold air from
escaping, completing 40 projects in
the year.
26,353,012 kWh
of electricity reduction in corporate grocery stores in 2016 is equivalent to
the amount of electricity needed to power approximately 2,745 homes in
Canada for one year.
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