The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency joined with Food Lion today to recognize Food Lion's 400th store to earn the rigorous and prestigious ENERGY STAR® designation for superior energy performance and management. The ENERGY STAR label indicates Food Lion's 400 stores are some of the most energy-efficient retail facilities in the United States. Food Lion has far more ENERGY STAR stores than any other U.S. grocery retailer.
Kathleen Hogan, director of the EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division, which oversees the ENERGY STAR program, toured one of Food Lion's ENERGY STAR stores near Baltimore, Md., today and spoke with reporters and company leaders.
"Food Lion's superior energy management strategy is a model so many businesses can follow," Hogan said. "Rising energy costs are dominating the headlines today, yet Food Lion is a first-hand example of how smart businesses can, and do, reduce their energy use and costs while protecting the environment."
Partners in saving energy
Since 1998, Food Lion and the EPA have worked in close partnership to push Food Lion's energy-conservation efforts to increasingly higher levels. This particular milestone of achieving 400 ENERGY STAR stores is significant because, of all the stores in the industry that meet the rigid ENERGY STAR requirements today, nearly half belong to Food Lion. Additionally, Food Lion is moving forward in energy conservation at a rate unmatched by any other grocer. Food Lion doubled its number of ENERGY STAR stores in just 12 months.
For its efforts adopting and applying energy management practices and technology throughout its store operations, Food Lion received the EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards in 2001 and 2002. In both years, Food Lion was the only supermarket company to receive the honor. In 2003 and 2004, the EPA again recognized Food Lion's energy efforts by awarding Food Lion the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
"Food Lion's strategy for conserving energy is simple: Do whatever it takes to keep from using excess energy in the first place," said Cathy Green, Food Lion's chief operating officer. "Food Lion has made a significant investment researching and implementing ways to push our conservation efforts increasingly higher. And the results have been hundreds of millions of dollars in saved energy."
Since 2000, Food Lion has trimmed its energy use by more than 25 percent, despite a net increase in the number of stores operated by Food Lion. The 2.29 trillion BTUs cut from Food Lion's energy program since 2000 have saved more than $104.8 million in actual dollars. Between 2000 and 2004, Food Lion decreased its kBTU/square foot by more than 25 percent. The amount of energy each store uses each week decreased by 8.3 percent in 2004, and the chain's energy expenses overall dropped 3 percent, even though utility rates increased substantially.
Food Lion works with dozens of vendor companies to help lower its energy costs. Global lighting manufacturer SYLVANIA, whose SYLVANIA LIGHTING SERVICES division has the contract to replace and maintain the lighting systems in Food Lion's 1,200 stores, donated 400 Soft White Dulux® EL MiniTwist compact fluorescent lamps as a way to encourage energy conservation in consumers' homes.
"Lighting actually accounts for about 15 percent of your average home's electric bill, so when you switch from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent you'll start to see the difference in your expenses almost immediately," said Jennifer Dolin, environmental marketing manager for OSRAM SYLVANIA. "We're proud to promote the ENERGY STAR message by giving away these bulbs, and hope to see every home incorporate energy efficient lighting into their decor."
Also during the press conference, Food Lion congratulated Kacie Neeb, a third grader at Sacred Heart of Glyndon, for her winning entry in Food Lion's "Saving Energy" poster contest. Kacie received a $375 US Savings Bond and a prize for her poster showing how she conserves energy.
"Food Lion is an example of how a company can help protect the environment and meet its business objectives. Food Lion is demonstrating a long-term commitment to the environment and to its bottom line, which benefits the environment, consumers, the company and its investors," Green said.
Food Lion Energy Star statistics
- Since 2000, Food Lion has reduced its energy use by more than 2.29
- Each Food Lion Energy Star store saves as much as 86,000 kWh per year -
enough to power nine American homes for an entire year. The energy
savings at each Energy Star store also prevent 190,920 pounds of CO2
emissions each year, equal to removing the pollution of 19 cars or
planting nearly 26 acres of trees.
- Since 2000, Food Lion has achieved energy savings equivalent to:
- Preventing 1.5 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from being released.
- Taking 148,954 cars off the road.
- Planting 204,047 acres of trees.
- Powering 67,096 American homes.
About ENERGY STAR
EPA started the ENERGY STAR program in 1992 to help businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Results are already adding up. In 2004 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy to power 24 million homes and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 20 million cars - all while saving $10 billion.
About Food Lion
Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). Food Lion LLC operates 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar, Harveys and Reid's. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. Food Lion LLC employs approximately 73,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.