Innovation and collaboration drive efforts to reduce our environmental impact. Recognizing that environmental stewardship is a collective responsibility, Liquor & Lotteries actively integrates environmental and sustainable requirements into our business decisions and strategies.
Carbon Reduction Strategy
Liquor & Lotteries has developed a long-term strategy to reduce Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to our operations. The strategy aims to reduce emissions 40% by the year 2032. This will be achieved by focusing on four key themes:
We support renewable bioenergy research and projects in our province, such as the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD) nutrient bioenergy project, to offset a portion of our carbon emissions. This project assesses the viability of harvesting, drying, pelletizing and using cattail biomass from marsh systems as a renewable energy source to fuel furnaces. This project also delivers positive outcomes for watersheds, including capturing phosphorous from waterways and enhancing wetland habitat.
6,000 metric tons
We purchased an equivalent of 6,000 metric tons of CO2e offsets for the 2021 calendar year.
Improving Building Energy Efficiency
For the 63 buildings in our portfolio, we closely monitor energy consumption and continually work to improve energy efficiency through renovations, preventive maintenance, equipment upgrades and optimization such as adding sensors and controls.
We manage over 75 fleet vehicles and use a fleet telematics system to monitor a variety of vehicle metrics. This system is used to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and driving practices.
45% reduction in idle time
Our fleet drivers have reduced vehicle idle time by 45% since 2015 to help reduce fleet fuel consumption.
Liquor & Lotteries has established numerous waste minimization programs at all our buildings. We have diversion programs for items such as construction waste, organics, wine corks, cardboard, electronics, batteries, writing instruments, and more.
We are a “product steward” under Manitoba’s Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Regulation. This means that every year we provide funds to cover 80% of the cost to support the management of empty liquor and beverage containers, as well as discarded lottery, marketing and packaging materials generated through the residential waste and recycling system.
Since 2018, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries has been designated as a Fair Trade Workplace. This means that we are committed to sourcing Fairtrade Certified coffee, tea, and sugar at our casinos and corporate locations; as well as offering Fairtrade certified wine products at our Liquor Marts. The concept of fair trade is all about ensuring better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for producers in the global south and developing countries.
We integrate sustainable procurement (purchasing) practices in all aspects of our business. In procurement documents, we specify the recommended sustainable requirements set out by Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba – which means we purchase goods and services with attributes that reduce environmental and social impacts. This includes purchasing sustainably certified paper products, sourcing local food for our restaurants, integrating green building initiatives into construction contracts, selecting green certified computer equipment, and more.
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 and Green Seal Certified cleaning products to minimize harm to lakes and rivers.
For more information on the metrics associated with our sustainable business practices, please reference the annual Corporate Responsibility Performance Measures Report.
Liquor Mart Anti-Theft Strategy Update
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is seeing encouraging results from its enhanced strategy to target Liquor Mart theft.
“Since the measures were announced in March, we have seen a 23 per cent reduction in theft and robbery incidents,” said Liquor & Lotteries President Peter Hak. “While these are still early results, we are cautiously optimistic they are trending in the right direction.”