For more than 10 years, we’ve been integrating environmental and social requirements into all business decisions and across all operations. Requirements have been embedded into our corporate strategy, business planning and annual budgeting processes, departmental programs and procedures, staff training, procurement and more. Environmental stewardship is considered the responsibility of all employees and a lot of effort goes into ensuring it remains top of mind.
We are a “product steward” under Manitoba’s Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation. This means that every year we provide funds to the province to cover 80% of the cost to manage the waste materials generated in residential communities through empty liquor and beverage containers, packaging materials, and lottery and marketing products.
Energy use reduction
For the 60 buildings in our portfolio, we closely monitor energy consumption and continually work to improve energy efficiency through renovations, preventive maintenance, and equipment upgrades and optimization such as adding sensors and controls.
Our largest source of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is related to building heating using natural gas. To help address the issue of GHG emissions associated with natural gas use, we’ve chosen 100% green natural gas for 27 Winnipeg Liquor Marts through Bullfrog Power. This means that Bullfrog Power’s generators inject green natural gas into the national pipeline to match the amount of conventional natural gas used by these locations. This purchase reduces our GHG footprint and supports renewable energy sources across Canada.
We displace approximately 10,000 gigajoules of conventional natural gas with green natural gas at a cost of $40,000 in the 2017 calendar year.
We purchased an equivalent of 6,000 tonnes of CO2e offsets at a cost of $150,000 in the 2017 calendar year.
We’re making strides in reducing our water-related impacts in part through our commitment to integrating sustainable building features into all renovation projects. This includes installing low-flow water fixtures in kitchens and washrooms and using Ecologo-certified cleaning products to minimize harm to lakes and rivers.
We belong to a Lake Friendly working group that has developed lake-friendly practices for schools, cottages, farms, municipalities and businesses to reduce nutrient loading into Lake Winnipeg.
We have set minimum sustainability requirements for many of commonly purchased goods and services. For example, we only serve certified sustainable seafood and Fairtrade certified coffee in our casino restaurants. About 25% of the food ingredients our restaurants buy is sourced from Manitoba. Our Liquor Marts carry at least 25 Fairtrade certified products.
Energy (GJ/square meters)
Year 2012: 3.63
Year 2017: 3.31
Resulted in 8.8% reduction
Actual source energy use intensity trend - energy bills (electricity, natural gas and propane) benchmarked using Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
Water (cubic meters)
Year 2012: 85,058
Year 2017: 66,981
Resulted in 21.3% reduction
Actual water usage data for all metered buildings - water utility bills.
Year 2012: 7.96
Year 2017: 6.97
Resulted in 12.4% reduction
Greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 + Scope 2 + Scope 3) calculated using WRI's GHG Protocol Corporate and Accounting Standard (2018). Revenue adjusted for inflation using Statistics Canada, Consumer Price Index, by province (base year 2012)
*Adjusted for inflation
By The Numbers:
50% reduction in idle time by our fleet drivers since 2015 has helped reduce fleet fuel consumption, which is our second largest direct source of GHG emissions (natural gas for heating buildings is first).
$4.5 million in beer container handling fees paid annually to support vendor activities, which include refunding customers for the container deposit and preparing the empty containers for return to distributors.
485 tonnes of cardboard was collected for recycling by Winnipeg Liquor Marts and our Distribution Centre in 2017. This one initiative equates to saving 8,247 mature trees, removing 384 vehicles off the road, diverting 211 truckloads of waste from the landfill, and saving 67,918 bathtubs filled with water.
11,300 kilograms of Fairtrade certified coffee was purchased and served to guests in our casinos and offices in 2017/18.