April 28, 2011
Over the next five years, Kroger Southwest pledges to lower energy usage by 50 percent – an average decrease of 2 to 4 percent annually.
Since 2000, the Kroger division, which operates 208 stores in Texas and Louisiana, has reduced energy consumption in its stores by 30 percent.
"We're always looking for ways to reduce waste, conserve energy and better our transportation systems," said Bill Breetz, president of the Kroger Southwest Division. "By continually educating our associates, introducing new approaches and investing in programs, we've been able to significantly reduce our carbon footprint as a company and contribute to global sustainability efforts."
The group plans to continue with its three-pronged approach to “educate, maintain and invest,” the company said in a statement. Kroger Southwest has a task force of energy-conservation technicians whose sole focus is to identify ways stores can operate more efficiently.
Kroger Southwest is also investing in a new initiative called "Lighting Reinvention." Lighting is ranked number two behind refrigeration as the leading energy consumer in Kroger stores. The program will significantly cut down the amount of kilowatts used in stores over a five-year period.
The Kroger "SAVE 5" program, which was developed by the retailer's facility engineering team, equips associates with five easy habits that can be practiced to reduce waste and energy at store level. The program educates associates about the importance of closing doors, turning lights off, shutting down equipment after use, maintaining specified temperatures in refrigeration cases, and not overstocking products.
GRD Views: Congrats to Kroger SW. While this is good news out of a Kroger division, we’d like to see Kroger stepping on a corporate basis to expand its green retail activities. -- John Failla for Green Retail Decisions