Corporate responsibility has been part of our company’s fabric since 1907. Recently, this work has been formalized in recognition of the changing global environmental impact of human activity.
Since the launch of our first structured sustainability efforts seven years ago, we have made steady progress to reduce our environmental footprint as it relates to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste management and product supply chain.
Across our retail network we have worked to reduce GHG emissions throughout our various operations. Through our efforts we have made significant progress in reducing our refrigerant leaks and energy usage, including the use of electricity and heating fuels.
The result of the first phase of our work to reduce our impacts on climate change are presented here.
The second phase will include the move to a more robust data collection and reporting tool. Using this software tool, we will develop new targets.
We have implemented many energy conservation/efficiency projects across the organization. We conservatively estimate that collectively these projects have enabled us to reduce our electricity consumption by 12 per cent or the equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of 3,600 Canadian homes.
We have reduced the impact of leaks by replacing refrigerants that have a high Global Warming Potential (GWP). These efforts have helped us reduce our contribution to climate change as measured by kilograms of Carbon Dioxide equivalent per square foot of retail space by 45 per cent. Please visit the Recent Success Stories section for more detailed information on refrigerants.
We are continuously working to identify and implement efficiencies in order to reduce the kilometers traveled by our fleets. Back hauling is an example of a simple initiative that results in reduced transportation-related environmental impacts and costs. These efforts have helped us decrease our CO2 equivalent emissions per 100 km by 14 per cent.
Diverting waste from landfills generates many environmental, social and financial benefits. We have collaborated with our waste management partners in widespread efforts to reduced the amount of paper, cardboard, plastic, and organic waste sent to landfill.
As a result, we have reduced the waste sent to landfill by 57%.
The environmental impact of sourcing, packaging, manufacturing and transporting the products we sell, account for approximately 80 to 90 per cent of a food retailer’s cumulative environmental footprint. Among our various efforts in reducing the impacts from our supply chain, we have focused primarily on responsibly sourcing products, packaging, and ingredients.