Supervalu Aims to Trim Carbon Footprint by 10%

Supervalu Aims to Trim Carbon Footprint by 10%

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Supervalu, one of the largest grocers in the U.S., plans to reduce its carbon footprint 10 percent by 2012.

The company has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund for the endeavor, making it the first major retailer to join the organization's Climate Savers program, Supervalu said. Twenty-five companies are partners in the program, including Nike, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM.

"As one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel, Supervalu is committed to preserving and protecting the environment," Andrew Herring, Supervalu executive vice president of retail market development, said in a statement. "The Climate Savers partnership is another example of our ongoing commitment to use energy more efficiently and operate more sustainably."

Supervalu plans to use 2007 as its baseline year for the reductions, which it says are equivalent to the savings from reducing the annual electricity consumption from 352,000 U.S. households.

The company plans to meet its goal through a series of lighting retrofits across its operations that will phase out fluorescent lamps to LED-based alternatives.

Supervalu will also improve refrigeration through upgraded controls and night curtains that cover open refrigerated cases. On-board technology will be deployed across its fleet to reduce fuel consumption and idling.

Supervalu banners include Albertsons, Bristol Farms, Lucky, Shaw's and Shop 'N Save.

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