Kroger to Receive Energy Efficiency Award
September 13, 2012
Out of a field of nearly 100 nominees, Kroger is the only retailer this year to be recognized by the Alliance to Save Energy.
Cincinnati,-based Kroger will receive the Galaxy Star of Energy Efficiency award, recognizing outstanding achievements by an entity with annual revenue of more than $150 million.
Since 2000, Kroger has reduced its average electricity usage in all stores by more than 30 percent by deploying energy efficiency equipment, improving store and fixture design, undertaking e-commissioning and improved maintenance practices and educating store associates about energy savings.
For example, having successfully installed more than 400,000 LED lighting sticks in glass door freezers in 2009 and 2010, Kroger invested several millions of dollars in additional LED fixtures in 2011 to replace older lighting in walk-in coolers and freezers and on shelves displaying fresh meat. Completing nearly 1,100 stores in 2011, Kroger plans to complete installation in all 2,439 stores by the end of 2012.
Kroger aims to deploy more energy efficiency projects and programs well into the foreseeable future, using creativity and ingenuity to find new ways to save energy in the grocery business, the company said.
The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide.
Other award winners Advantix Systems, The Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development, Eletrobras and DirectTV
“We are truly excited by this year’s elite crop of energy efficiency leaders,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “This roster really illuminates that energy efficiency plays a major role across all industries and organizations of any size, and we take great pride in being able to honor the best-of-the-best in energy efficiency.”
The Stars of Energy Efficiency awards will be presented Oct 3 before a crowd of more than 500 industry leaders, members of Congress, high-level government officials and federal agency staff at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
GRD Views: Congratulations to Denis George and everyone involved in Kroger's energy efficiency initiatives for this important recognition. As Kroger is being recognized as a leader across all industries, the award truly speaks to the depth of this achievement is this arena. I look forward to attending the awards gala honoring Kroger on Oct. 3. – John Failla for Green Retail Decisions
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