This measures total direct and indirect facilities energy consumption in gigajoules (GJ) of the total electricity, natural gas, and biogas energy used to heat and light our buildings.
We want to wisely use limited resources. We failed to set a target for facilities energy use, and are currently benchmarking our buildings to do this for our next report.
In 2011, our facilities energy use increased by 4.4% from 2010, and we consumed 42,869 GJ (or 69 GJ / 1,000 square feet). While our consumption is up slightly from last year, we're pleased with our results, mainly because we opened two new stores in the last two years.
In 2011, we took big steps in setting the stage to further reduce our facilities energy consumption and carbon footprint. We hired an external consultant to index all of our buildings' energy performance, and to establish a benchmark. We performed an audit in most buildings, and developed a list of energy conservation measures that we began to implement in 2011.
We communicated with our individual stores to help create awareness around specific inefficient energy consumption practices. To further increase energy awareness among staff, and subsequently improve energy management, we are running a pilot with an energy management software company in our DC, and Toronto and London stores.
Moving forward, we'll continue to implement the energy conservation measures identified in 2011. Once we've successfully completed our energy management software pilot, we'll roll it out across all of our stores. Moving to real-time energy monitoring and centralizing our facilities management will help us get a better understanding of the causes and effects of energy use, and enable us to take appropriate measures to reduce our consumption.