Walmart Canada announced today the opening of its first sustainable fresh food distribution center, a state-of-the-art facility that will be an estimated 60% more energy-efficient than the company's traditional refrigerated centers and that will help the company avoid approximately C$4.8 million in energy costs over five years, according to the company.
The Balzac facility includes the company's first pilots utilizing wind power, hydrogen fuel cells and solar thermal power. Two 30 kW wind turbines were installed on the facility's grounds and will generate about 100,000 kWh annually.
‘Our sustainable distribution center showcases the immediate business returns of investing in green innovations and the positive impact of a sustainability mindset through all phases of a project,’ says Andy Ellis, Walmart Canada's senior vice president for supply chain and logistics. ‘This living lab of sustainability is supporting the expansion of our modern Supercentre format, while also helping us get closer to meeting our long-term sustainability goals. The successful completion of this ambitious project supports our long-held belief that environmental and business sustainability can go hand in hand.’
Walmart Canada has invested C$115 million to build the 400,000 square-foot center. It serves as a hub for fresh and frozen food destined for 104 of the company's stores in Western Canada.
SOURCE: Walmart Canada