Corporate giant Walmart is stepping up as a leader in retail sustainability. Announcing their decision to switch over to energy-efficient LED lighting last week in stores in the United States, Asia, Latin America and even Asda locations in the United Kingdom — this strategic move will save them 40 per cent in energy savings, according to the press release.

“The new fixtures will use 40 percent less energy than lighting sources historically used in stores, and will help further the retailer’s goal to reduce the kilowatt hour (kWh) per square foot of energy required to power Walmart’s building globally 20 percent by 2020,” says the press release.

These sweet energy savings will afford Walmart the ability to maintain low prices for their retail goods.

Let’s talk more about Walmart’s energy efficiency efforts

Apparently the floor lighting in Walmart’s sales floors make up about 90 per cent of the total lighting in their buildings. This would suggest that their energy-efficient lighting would have a significant impact on their energy consumption as a whole. For this project, Walmart teamed up with a global leader in the lighting industry, GE Lighting to maximize energy efficiency for their stores.

“This implementation will reduce energy use per store by more than 5 percent in the US alone,” reports the press release.

Walmart and GE lighting will launch their first team effort this month in the UK. According to the press release, their energy savings will be awesome:

  • Brazil: 30 store remodels; 41 per cent energy savings
  • Central America: 10 new stores; 42 percent energy savings
  • China: 24 new stores, 16 store remodels; 42 energy savings
  • Mexico: 37 new stores; 45 percent energy savings
  • UK: 10 new stores; 45-51 percent energy savings
  • US: 30 new stores; 15 percent energy savings

Well, that’s exciting. GE LED lighting sounds like a great solution for retailers looking to improve their energy efficiency. But that’s not all; Walmart is also improving their emissions.

“This expected total energy savings over the next ten years is equal to eliminating 327, 360 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions — or the annual greenhouse gas emissions from more than 68,000 passenger vehicles or the energy use of nearly 30,000 American homes for one year,” reports Market Watch.

Retailers following through on their sustainability initiatives is worth talking about here at BizEnergy.

By 2016, Walmart expects the conversion to LED lighting in all global distributions will be complete, according to The Grocer.

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