Loblaw Companies Limited 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - page 9

Environment
Loblaw Companies Limited
2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
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Testing Transportation
Alternatives
Loblaw operates a large corporate
truck fleet and we continually assess
new technologies for reducing
fleet-related carbon emissions. Our
2016 efforts included the following:
Testing trucks powered by
liquefied natural gas (LNG) and
compressed natural gas (CNG).
Both produce less carbon
emissions than diesel fuel.
Testing 10 refrigerated trailers that
use R-452A refrigerant to keep
products chilled or frozen while
travelling from our distribution
centres to stores. R-452A
refrigerant has a lower Global
Warming Potential (GWP) than the
gas that’s typically used in
refrigerated trailers.
Purchasing sleeper trucks with
solar-powered auxiliary power
units. The bunk heaters, air
conditioning units and amenities
(such as televisions and mini-
refrigerators) in these trucks run
on batteries rather than diesel,
thereby reducing engine idling.
Buying double-decker
refrigerated rail containers to
increase the amount of product
shipped by rail and ultimately
remove trucks from the road.
Primarily used in Western and
Atlantic Canada, rail is a fuel-
efficient mode of transportation
that has a smaller carbon footprint
than trucks.
Inroads in Organic
Waste Diversion
We have dedicated resources
working to improve waste diversion
rates in each region. In 2016, our
diversion rates averaged 64% in
corporate grocery stores and 86%
in Loblaw distribution centres.
We continued to focus our efforts on
organic waste diversion. Depending
on the location and type of organic
material, organic waste is collected
and used for composting, animal
feed or renewable energy
production. There has been notable
progress in Western Canada to
divert organics from landfill,
particularly in Edmonton, Calgary,
Metro Vancouver and Victoria.
One of the most promising
developments in organic waste
diversion is the ability to
mechanically separate food waste
from its packaging, which is helping
to improve diversion rates.
Food for Food Banks
and Meal Programs
Loblaw has a long-standing and
growing commitment to ensuring
that we do not dispose of food that
is safe for human consumption.
We have a formal food reclamation
program through which we donate
safe, edible food to local food
banks, meal programs and shelters.
In 2016, we expanded the program
to 104 corporate grocery stores,
bringing the total to 324 stores.
When we learned that one of the
biggest challenges to expanding
the program was local food banks’
capacity to transport and store
perishable goods, we worked with
Food Banks Canada to purchase
refrigerated equipment and trucks,
which has enabled us to include
more of our stores and reach
more people.
Plastic Bag Reduction
We have reduced the number of
plastic shopping bags from our
stores by nearly 10 billion
since 2007.
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