ANBL is committed to environmentally friendly business practices, and is constantly looking for new ways to lessen our environmental footprint by recycling, reducing waste, and helping environmental organizations. Here is a glimpse at some of ANBL’s green standards and initiatives.

Protect Our Rivers Program

In 2012, ANBL began its partnership with the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF), a registered non-profit organization with the mandate to promote the conservation of New Brunswick rivers and streams.

Though supplier and customer donations, over $250,000 was raised to help our New Brunswick rivers thrive.

Greener Stores

In 2010, ANBL made the business decision to work with building owners and developers to construct new retail locations to comply with the Core Performance Guide Efficiency NB Edition so as to use less energy and use energy more efficiently, thus ANBL would be in a better position to manage their energy expenses.

Project design teams meet before the schematic design process to discuss the performance goals of the project and to identify design strategies to be applied to achieve these goals. Through the integrated design approach, the design teams look to reduce the loading conditions for buildings by incorporating the following Core Performance Requirements:

• Energy Code Compliance
• Air Barrier Performance
• Minimum Interior Air Quality (IAQ) Performance
• Opaque Envelope Performance
• Fenestration Performance (Window systems)
• Lighting Controls
• Lighting Power Density
• Mechanical Equipment Efficiency Requirements
• Dedicated Mechanical Systems
• Demand Control Ventilation
• Domestic Hot Water System Efficiency
• Fundamental Economizer Performance
• Heat Recovery
• Supply Air Temperature Reset (VAV)

Overall, it is anticipated that by fulfilling the requirements of the Core Performance Guide that the new ANBL retail locations will not only result in energy and associated cost savings, but will also enhance the customer experience.

ANBL currently has 3 retail locations built utilizing the Core Performance Guidelines and all future new construction and major renovations will be constructed using these guidelines.

Energy Monitoring and Greenhouse Gas

Building energy efficient buildings is part of ANBL’s strategy, incorporating technologies that will allow the monitoring of energy consumption within the retail network and gain an understanding of how to reduce energy consumption. The technologies currently in place in some retail locations allow monitoring and energy consumption of lighting, cold room refrigeration and HVAC units. Through collecting this data ANBL will be able to build energy profiles for each location and then develop strategies to reduce energy demands. In the future ANBL will have capability to monitor and make system adjustments remotely via one central location to optimize the efficiency of operational equipment.

In April 2011 ANBL completed its first comprehensive greenhouse gas emission audit, which now provides the benchmark for planning future improvements.

Lighter-Weight Cases

In conjunction with all Canadian liquor jurisdictions and the supplier community, ANBL completed the transition to lighter-weight cases for spirit and wine products. The overall glass weight reduction is significant, and the benefits are twofold: less weight for warehouse and store staff to handle, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in product transportation.

What can you do?

ANBL encourage you to bring your own bag bought at any retailer, or to decline a plastic bag if not required. Reusable canvas bags can also be purchased at all stores in various sizes. Help us reduce our waste and become a greener retailer and province!