January 23, 2013 14:00 ET

National Sweater Day Shows Energy Conservation Cuts Emissions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2013) -

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The simple act of turning down your heat can help reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, new data from WWF-Canada shows.

With WWF's National Sweater Day, presented by Loblaw Companies Limited, coming up on February 7, Canadians are preparing to put on a sweater and turn down their thermostats to reduce their carbon footprint and show their support for energy conservation. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons - equivalent to a shutting down a 600 megawatt coal-fired power station.

To help demonstrate the impact of even one house turning down the heat, WWF has calculated the greenhouse gas emission savings for sample households across Canada.

Location Emissions from household heating in 2011-2012 Emissions if household temperature reduced by 2 degrees Celsius Emissions reduction Percentage emissions reduced
Toronto 2781 kg 2400 kg 381 kg 13.7%
Ottawa 1865 kg 1634 kg 231 kg 12.3%
Winnipeg 2564 kg 2302 kg 262 kg 10.2%


"Energy conservation is critical to fighting climate change, along with a switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. According to WWF's Energy Report, global energy demand in 2050 must be - and can be - 15 per cent lower than in 2005 for the world to be powered by 100 per cent renewable, sustainable energy, and avoid the worst effects of climate change. National Sweater Day is an important reminder of how simple it can be to reduce energy use, and that we all have a role to play in shrinking our carbon footprint."

- Josh Laughren, Director, Climate and Energy Program, WWF-Canada

"Loblaw is proud to partner with WWF in presenting National Sweater Day, made possible through partial proceeds from the sale of plastic shopping bags in our stores. More than 650 banner stores across Canada including Loblaws, Zehrs, Provigo, Real Canadian Superstores, Atlantic Superstores and nofrills will be lowering the temperature a few degrees in support of this initiative. We believe championing National Sweater Day is one more way we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability."

- Bob Chant, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Loblaw Companies Limited


- In 2009, space and water heating accounted for 80 per cent of residential energy consumption in Canada
- Greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and electricity have gone up by 23.4 and 6.4 per cent, respectively, between 1990 and 2009, despite improved energy efficiency of heating appliances
- In 2012, more than a million Canadians and over 600 Loblaw stores participated in National Sweater Day

For more information about National Sweater Day and how to get involved, please visit www.sweaterday.com or www.facebook.com/wwfcanada.

To see the full Energy Report from WWF, please visit www.wwf.ca/energyreport.

About WWF

WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. www.wwf.ca

About Loblaw Companies Limited

Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is Canada's largest food retailer and a leading provider of drugstore, general merchandise and financial products and services. www.loblaw.ca

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