Walmart lights the way on energy innovation
Walmart has rolled out an extensive lighting program to its stores as part of its ongoing
commitment to energy efficiency.
Walmart announced it has installed more than 1.5 million LED fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in ten countries.
With energy costs traditionally representing one of the company’s largest operating
expenses, the monumental energy initiative over the past decade has reduced lighting
energy consumption and reduced costs by more than $100 million.
“Energy is one of the key operating expenses that we can reduce while delivering
system upgrades that improve the customer shopping experience,” explained Mark
Vanderhelm, Walmart’s Vice President of Energy. “The ripple effect from these LED
conversions throughout the business is truly staggering. We believe that by continuing
to reduce one of our biggest operating expenses, we’re supporting future innovation and
delivering on our promise of Every Day Low Prices.”
The LED commercial lighting initiative between Walmart and GE started 10 years ago
with refrigeration display lighting and has grown to include parking lot and interior
lighting. Many stores now also feature Current’s TriGain technology, which is
engineered to improve product visibility and enhance color vibrancy in areas like
produce departments. Walmart is also moving aggressively to complete LED and
controls retrofits in 100 percent of its distribution centers in the U.S., along with a new
initiative to replace all other forms of overhead lighting with LED.
“Walmart is setting a great example for the retail industry to follow,” said Maryrose
Sylvester, President and CEO of Current by GE. “We believe the global LED and
controls transformation is paving the way for the next generation of smart retail, where
steady advancement toward new digital solutions will continue improving the shopping
experience. Walmart is once again on the leading edge of progress.”
Walmart’s investment in energy efficiency has reduced energy use per square foot by
more than 12 percent since 2010. Its LED investments are part of Walmart’s science-
based emissions reduction plan aimed at meeting its goal to reduce emissions 18
percent by 2025 (from 2015 levels) in its own operations through a combination of
Walmart operates more than 11,600 stores under nearly 60 banners in 28 countries.