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Kroger Boosts Energy Efficiency

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here on Tuesday said it has increased the efficiencey of its truck fleet by 9.75% in 2011, one of several sustainability metrics the company disclosed in its sixth annual sustainability report.

Among other accomplishments, the company said it provided more than 5.3 million reusable bags — 14,200 per day — in its stores in 2011, and that 19 of its 39 manufacturing plants sent “zero waste” to landfills.

"Kroger associates embrace sustainability in their everyday business practices," said David B. Dillon, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement. "In 2011, our stores saved enough energy to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for a single year.”

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A Kroger store built today will consume 30% less energy than a store built in 2000, the company said. Kroger has reduced energy consumption through increased use of LED lighting, motion sensors, skylights and control systems that monitor lighting, heating and cooling and refrigeration.

Kroger also said its Ralphs/Food 4 Less Division has designed and built a unique resource recovery system, which is expected to convert 55,000 tons of unsold organics, annually, into renewable energy that will power its own facility.

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