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Shoppers Drug Mart opens energy-efficient store in Woodbridge

Shoppers Drug Mart opened its new energy-efficient store in Woodbridge, one of more than 100 Shoppers Drug Mart stores reducing their environmental footprint by building in energy-efficiency measures early in the store design.
“We’re proud to work with companies like Shoppers Drug Mart to help them improve energy efficiency,” said Susan Clinesmith, Program Manager for the HPNC program with Enbridge Gas Distribution. “Helping them incorporate energy-efficiency measures early in their construction plans will assist them in realizing greater value for their energy dollar while reducing environmental impact.”
This newly relocated store is one of 50 completed stores in Ontario with energy-efficiency measures incorporated into the new building design and the company has submitted applications for more than 100 stores to the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) HPNC (High Performance New Construction) program. These new store constructions, combined with the company’s implementation of energy management systems to over 400 stores nationally, are part of the company’s overall commitment to minimize the impact its operations have on the environment and improve energy efficiency.
“Shoppers Drug Mart is committed to finding new, innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Tammy Smitham, Director, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Shoppers Drug Mart. “We have undertaken a wide range of initiatives aimed at ensuring environmental sustainability, including our participation in the HPNC program, to ensure the health of our communities, customers and patients for years to come.”
The OPA and Enbridge Gas Distribution worked with Shoppers Drug Mart to help build energy-efficiency measures into the new building construction plans to help reduce electricity demand. Shoppers Drug Mart is an active participant in the Ontario Power Authority’s HPNC program, submitting applications for more than 100 different new premises through mid-2010. On average, Shoppers Drug Mart expects its new stores to achieve reductions in peak power use of close to an average of 28 kW per store. The use of energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning also results in substantial reductions in annual electricity use, said the company, with lower operating costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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September 2, 2010  By  John Gilson

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