Walmart de México y Centroamérica to use wind power to operate 348 stores

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Reduces roughly 137,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas annually

When it comes to big box stores many are ready to criticize their environmental practices and are quick to  shout “greenwashing” to any act the big box company makes. This is especially true when it comes to Wal-Mart. With purchasing practices that have products coming out of China where manufacturing standards are not as closely watched by environmental groups as practices in North America, Wal-Mart is constantly under a microscope and written off no matter what efforts are made by them to take a step in the “green” direction.

The reality is, that Wal-Mart and other big box stores have the buying power and finances to make huge changes in their practices that will in turn make large environmental impacts to many local communities. Though there are many aspects of the company that are under criticism for various reasons that could be talked about at length, Wal-Mart has set the goal to be 100% supplied by renewable energy by 2025. This means ALL of their stores globally will be on sustainable energy. This is a big goal and one that, though does not right all the “wrongs” Wal-Mart is accused of, is an action that cannot be ignored. Many companies are still ignoring the call to create sustainable plans as part of their business practices but Wal-Mart if setting loft goals for itself that are going above and beyond the average standards.

Wal-Mart de Mexico y Centroamerica annouced a big step in going green. 348 of its self-service stores, pricing clubs, and restaurants in Mexico City, State of Mexico, and Morelos, will use wind-powered energy* from “Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm”, located in Oaxaca.

“The Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm is one of the projects that will enable Walmart de México y Centroamérica to meet its objective of having 100% of its units operate with renewable energy sources by 2025. It should be noted that this farm supplies wind energy to more points throughout our country than any other of its kind, providing great environmental benefits such as reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 137,000 tons, which in turn is tantamount to taking 21,000 vehicles off the roads" explained Scot Rank, Executive President and CEO for the company during the opening ceremony.

The “Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Farm” works thanks to a supply partnership between Electrica del Valle de México and Walmart de México y Centroamérica, with the latter supplying, installing, and implementing the project. The farm is located at La Ventosa, Oaxaca. It has 27 2.5 MW turbines, that is, almost double the capacity of current turbines which enable them to generate a total of 67.5 MW. Energy will be transported through Mexican Electrical System channels.

The “Oaxaca I Lamatalaventosa Wind Park” is part of Walmart de México y Centroamérica’s commitment to sustainability, which includes generating zero pollutant water discharges by reducing, reusing, and recycling waste and packaging, and expanding the assortment of environment-friendly items.

Wal-Mart has set up other goals for becoming sustainable in its stores, goals that have a large effect on communities worldwide - for the better:

  • Reduce greenhouse gases at our existing store, club and distribution center base around the world by 20 percent by 2012
  • Eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Walmart's global supply chain by the end of 2015.