Safeway Gearing Up for Impending Cap-and-Trade Regs

With both regional and federal cap-and-trade regulations looming, Safeway has found its membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) to be good way to get ready, said Cathy Ikeuchi, manager of energy operations for Safeway.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — With both regional and federal cap-and-trade regulations looming, Safeway has found its membership in the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) to be good way to get ready, said Cathy Ikeuchi, manager of energy operations for Safeway.

Ikeuchi explained Safeway’s strategy yesterday at a morning session here at the Food Marketing Institute’s Energy & Technical Services Conference.

As a member of the exchange, “we measured our baseline of carbon emissions,” she said. “You need to know where you are so you know what efficiencies you will need to put in place.” In addition to using renewable energy sources and making other changes that reduce its costs and help the environment, Safeway foresees a cap-and-trade system “as a way we can make money.”

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