With LEDs, GE Helps Walmart Reach its ‘Project Gigaton’ Goals

by | Oct 4, 2018

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Walmart’s Project Gigaton asks suppliers to collectively eliminate 1 gigaton of emissions by 2030. In an effort to help Walmart’s mission, GE Lighting has helped convert Walmart shoppers from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs over the last two years.

GE offers more than 100 energy-saving LED products at Walmart, including 36 ENERGY STAR LEDs, all $2 to $4 bulbs; ensuring consumers can make the switch to an ultra-efficient LED at every-day low prices.

GE’s commercial LEDs from Current, powered by GE, also are being used across Walmart stores and facilities, from refrigerated display cases to parking lot and interior lighting. This LED initiative supports Walmart’s science-based target to reduce emissions in its own operations by 18 percent by 2025. As part of an ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, Walmart has installed more than 1.5 million LED fixtures across more than 6,000 stores, parking lots, distribution centers and corporate offices in 10 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.

LEDs are just one way Walmart is embracing a more energy efficient future. In 2017, it was announced that the retailer has become one of the largest purchasers of wind energy.

And in an interview with Energy Manager Today, Joby Carlson, director of energy and operations sustainability for Walmart said:

“We’re getting to the point in some of our markets where we’re done with the low-hanging fruit on energy efficiency. Now we’re pushing the envelope. How can we do things differently? What is the role of data systems? How do we engage our equipment manufacturers in thinking about the complete lifecycle of equipment in terms of energy efficiency? That all has direct business value.”

 

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