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Wal-Mart Canada Improves Distribution Center Efficiency 60%

February 11, 2010 – Wal-Mart Canada, a division of the world’s largest retailer, announced yesterday that a new refrigerated distribution hub being opened in Alberta in late 2010 will be 60% more energy efficient than their traditional distribution centers.

The new center will utilize energy efficiency measures across all operational areas, including hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts that will replace lead battery powered machines. Low energy LED lighting installed throughout the facility will use significantly less energy and have a longer life span than compact fluorescents and 16 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof will be used to meet the facilities hot water needs.  A 225 kilowatt on-site wind turbine will also be utilized to help meet the facilities energy needs.

The distribution center will be located outside Calgary and cost $108 million. Reuters also reports that like its U.S. based parent, the company has announced that it will launch a Sustainable Product Index to assist customers in evaluating the sustainability of the products they are purchasing.

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