US supermarket chain Walmart has announced plans to roll out LED lighting in around 120 stores worldwide.
It will install energy efficient lighting fixtures in new stores in the US, Asia and Latin America and in its British subsidiary store, Asda.
The LEDs from General Electric (GE) will use 40% less energy than those historically used in the stores – and is expected to help Walmart towards achieving its goal of reducing energy use per square foot by 20% by 2020. They are also expected to have a longer life span than traditional lighting fixtures and offer “significant savings” in maintenance costs.
The move to LED lighting is expected to produce energy savings of 340,000kWh per store in the US alone – equivalent to more than $34,000 (£20,263) in savings every year – and cut carbon emissions by 327,360 tonnes over 10 years globally.
Doug McMillon, President and CEO of WalMart Stores said: “LEDs have become an integral part of our energy efficiency model for our stores and play a key role in achieving our overall sustainability goals. Just as important, the energy cost savings coming from these innovations will help us maintain the low prices our customers depend on us to provide.”