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Walmart Plans Increased Use of Renewable Solar Energy

Walmart said it will expand its renewable energy efforts through lighter, lower cost thin film solar technology, which will be used in numerous West Coast locations.The company plans to add solar generating systems to another 20 to 30 sites in California and Arizona, many of which will include this Read More...

U.K. Retailers Cut Waste to Landfills in Half, Reduce Emissions

Retailers in the U.K. participating in the Better Retailing Climate initiative now send less than a quarter of their waste to landfills, down from 48 percent five years ago, according to the groups 2010 progress report.These companies – including retailers such as Asda, Tesco, Morrison’s Read More...

P&G Eyes 100 Percent Sustainable Packaging, Zero CO2 Emissions

The Procter & Gamble Co. said it is accelerating its commitment to sustainability by unveiling a long-term environmental sustainability vision, including 100 percent sustainable packaging and zero CO2 emissions.As part of P&G's strategy to grow responsibly, the company said it will work towa Read More...

Walmart and H&M Pledge to Clean Up Textile Supply Chains

Walmart will work with its Chinese textile manufacturers to embrace better industry techniques, the retail giant announced at the Clinton Global Initiative.The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) will help support and guide this process and recommend implementation of low-cost through practices Read More...

Kohl's and Whole Foods Named EPA Green Power Partners of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named retailers Kohl’s and Whole Foods Market as winners of the agency’s 10th annual Green Power Leadership awards.The EPA honored 18 Green Power Partners in four categories: Green Power Partners, Green Power Purchasing, On-Site Generation, Read More...

Green Shoppers Misunderstand Label Claims

While 84 percent of consumers say they regularly buy green or sustainable food and drinks, many are unaware of what the claims actually mean, according to Mintel research.Meanwhile, consumer demand for sustainable food and drinks continues to grow, and companies are increasing the supply, with mor Read More...

Macy's Develops New Solar Construction

Macy’s began construction on a 3.5-megawatt high-efficiency solar power system on the roof of its online fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz.The system, slated for completion next March, will deliver the equivalent of 70 percent of the electricity demand of the 600,000-square-foot facility, a Read More...

Sainsbury's Aims for Grid Independence and Self-Powered Stores

Sainsbury's could soon be providing far more than just the weekly groceries, after the supermarket giant revealed it is working on plans to establish itself as a major provider of energy to both the grid and the local communities it serves.In addition to accelerating the roll out of low carbon and r Read More...

Retail Sustainability is Mission Critical

By Maureen AzzatoOn the lowest rung of the ladder there are those in the retail and consumer packaged goods industries who view sustainability as something they have to do to remain complaint with government regulations. Climb up the ladder a few rungs you find companies that believe sustainability Read More...

Are Energy Credits and Green Claims Smoke and Mirrors?

...fuels to make electricity. However, all of the more than 20 renewable-energy developers interviewed by Bloomberg claimed the system is not enabling them to add green energy to the power grid.RECs are not enabling green power developers to expand, according to Duncan Broatch of Broatch’s Summit Read More...

Delhaize and Loblaw: The Quest for Greener Retail Operations

By Maureen AzzatoLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and other green initiatives undertaken in stores is not only good for the environment and reduces operational costs, it benefits store associates and customers, too.In fact, store associates are a focal point of Delhaize America a Read More...

IKEA Expands Solar Power to East Coast Stores

IKEA plans to install solar energy panels on two East Coast stores beginning this month, which will bet the largest store-top solar installations for IKEA in the U.S.The two stores, slated for completion this spring, are located in Paramus, N.J. and Stoughton, Mass., and will bring the total number Read More...

7-Eleven to Open 100 New Eco-Stores in Japan

By the end of February, 7-Eleven will open 100 eco-friendly stores in Japan, with 100 more coming before the end of the year.Additionally, 100 existing units will be converted to renewable solar power and feature electric-vehicle chargers, according to a New York Times report. The store retrofits wi Read More...

EPA Recognizes Top Green Power Purchasers

Intel Corp. and Kohl’s Department Stores topped the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of the top 50 partner organizations using the most renewable electricity.Intel Corp., the largest single purchaser of green power, increased its commitment by nearly doubling its annual green po Read More...

Sustainability Key to Efficient and Profitable Walmart Latin America Growth

Walmart is using the company’s expertise in sustainability as a means for managing costs and promoting profitable growth, Walmart Latin America CEO Eduardo Solórzano explained during a speech at the annual “Outlook of the Americas” luncheon of the Association of American Cha Read More...

Lower Wind and Solar Prices Expected to Accelerate Adoption

Price decreased for wind and solar energy are expected to yield speedier adoption over the next 10 years, although its fossil fuel rival, natural gas, is still cheaperThe recession combined with China’s aggressive wind and solar manufacturing has resulted in overcapacity, according to a Reuter Read More...

Staples Named 2011 EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is honoring Staples Inc. for its leadership in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction with the 2011 Energy Star Partner of the Year in Energy Management.The company will receive the award at an April 12ceremony in Washington D.C. More than 1 Read More...

Ikea Powers Up Solar Energy in New York

The solar energy system at Ikea’s home furnishings store in Brooklyn, N.Y. is now commissioned, operational and certified by Con Edison and New York City.As one of the largest commercial rooftop installations in the five boroughs of New York City, the 200 kW array occupies 19,000-square feet, Read More...

Offshore Wind Power Capacity to Boom in the Next Six Years

As global investment in wind turbines continues to increase, more and more purchasers are looking to offshore wind farms to further expand wind power capacity.As global investment in wind turbines continues to increase -- -- and a greater percentage of the world’s electricity supply comes from Read More...

Loblaw Exceeds Energy Consumption and Carbon Emission Reduction Goals

Loblaw Companies Ltd. achieved several milestones in 2010, exceeding its energy consumption and carbon emissions goals, according to its company’s 2010 corporate social responsibility report.The Canadian grocer also improved fuel efficiency by 2.3 percent; reduced its private label (President& Read More...

Ikea Powers Up California's Largest Single-Roof Commercial Solar Energy System

Ikea flipped the switch on a newly constructed solar energy system at its southwestern U.S. distribution center in Tejon, Calif.The 370,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.8 MW system designed and installed by California-based REC Solar, and built with 7,980 panels. The system will produce 2 Read More...

Toys R Us to Install Largest Rooftop Solar Power System in North America

Toys R Us plans to add the largest rooftop solar power installation in North America to its distribution center in Flanders, N.J.Upon completion this summer, the 5.38 megawatt on-site solar mechanism will occupy 869,294 square feet of space and is estimated to generate 72 percent of the distribution Read More...

Ikea Powers Up Solar Power System in Second California Facility

Ikea plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in East Palo Alto, Calif., which features 38,000-square-foot array and 1,344 solar panels.The 302-kW system, will produce approximately 427,900 kWh of clean electricity annually – the equivalent of reducing 326 tons of carbon dioxi Read More...

Whole Foods and Kohl's Lead Renewable Energy Purchases

Whole Foods, Kohl's and Intel are among the world's leading corporate buyers of renewable energy, according to new survey released today by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which was commissioned by Vestas Wind Systems A/S.Kohl’s ranks highest in terms of renewable procurement on a percentage bas Read More...

Lord & Taylor to Purchase Wind Energy for New York Stores

Lord & Taylor will purchase renewable wind energy for its Manhattan and Eastchester, New York stores from Green Mountain Energy Company, a retail provider of cleaner energy and carbon-offset solutions.The retailer has committed to purchasing wind energy from Green Mountain for 100 percent of the Read More...

Ikea U.S. President Cites Sustainability as Key Business Strategy

Sustainability is a core part of Ikea’s business strategy, Mike Ward, president of Ikea U.S. said speaking on a panel at the recent annual Climate Week in New York City.“We are committed to a long-term strategy in which all Ikea stores and buildings will be supplied with 100 percent rene Read More...

Walmart to Convert Most California Stores to Solar Power

Walmart plans to install solar panels on as many as 60 additional stores in California, expanding solar energy to more than 75 percent of its stores in the state.California is the first state in the nation where Walmart has devoted this level of commitment to renewable energy.“California prese Read More...

Kohl's, Staples Named EPA Green Power Partners of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presented the 11th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 19 EPA Green Power Partners, including retailers Kohl’s Department Stores and Staples.Both retailers were given the highest honor of Green Power Partner of the Year as were the Empire Stat Read More...

Green Mountain Aims to Brew Energy with Coffee Waste

Green Mountain Coffee has teamed with the University of North Dakota and bioenergy specialist Wynntryst LLC to convert waste from its coffee processing plant to energy.Specifically, the coffee company -- best known for its single-serve Keurig brewers and coffee pods -- is working with the Energy &am Read More...

More Than Half of Ikea's Energy Now Derived From Renewable Resources

Fifty-one percent of Ikea’s energy is now derived from renewable resources, up three points from 47 percent in the prior fiscal year, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report.In the past fiscal year, Ikea installed solar panels on 40 buildings in seven country’s and 60 Read More...

Starbucks Reveals Sustainability Progress and Challenges

Seattle-based Starbucks’ 2011 Global Responsibility Report shows significant strides on goals the company outlined in 2008, as well as some areas where it has been particularly challenged.In a single year Starbucks more than tripled the availability of in-store recycling, now in more than 18 p Read More...

Stop & Shop Proposes Solar, Wind Turbines for Massachusetts Store

Stop & Shop proposes to feature at a new store in Wayland, Mass., electric vehicle charging stations, LED parking lot lights, solar panels and wind turbines, among other green initiatives, which could earn it Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification.Plans for the Read More...

Walmart on Track for Zero Waste by 2025

Walmart is on track to meet many of its ambitious sustainability goals, but missed some benchmarks in 2011, including failing to double its sales of energy-efficient consumer products and reducing phosphates in detergent by 70 percent.The retailer is on track, however, for its U.S. stores to cease h Read More...

Staples Explores the Next Generation of Sustainability

Looking to unearth new energy savings, sustainability ideas and related marketing opportunities, Staples hosted its 12th annual Strategic Energy Summit, which brought together executives and associates as well as customers and vendor partners.Bob ValairThe retailer presented its business, vision, br Read More...

Kroger Sustainability Report Reveals Substantive Gains

Kroger has achieved a great deal in a short period of time with energy consumption down, recycling and fleet efficiency up, and zero waste achieved by 19 of the company’s manufacturing plants.“We have a robust strategy in each of these key areas (environment social and economic),” Read More...

Ahold Takes Steps to Reduce Carbon Footprint

Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA has been working diligently to reduce its carbon footprint, purchasing more than 149 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually.hold USA buys renewable energy certificates (RECs) from 3Degrees and also generates green power from its on-site renewable energy sy Read More...

Americans Want More Solar, Wind, Natural Gas Energy

Two in three Americans want the United States to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power, wind and natural gas, according to a Gallup Poll conducted in March.Seventy six percent said they want an increased focus on solar power, 712 percent on wind and 65 percent on natural g Read More...

Initial Sponsors of 2nd Annual GRD Innovation Summit Announced

Twelve leading industry suppliers serving the retail sustainability marketplace are sponsoring the 2nd annual Green Retail Decisions’ Innovation Summit in Chicago June 25-27.Sustainability Partners are Constellation Energy, an energy company that provides electricity, natural gas, and sustaina Read More...

Walmart to Increase Renewable Energy Use 600 Percent

Walmart has committed to increase the use of renewable energy by 600 percent and reduce the energy intensity of its buildings by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 2010 levels.Mike DukeWalmart President and CEO Mike Duke announced these and other sustainability initiatives this week at the company&rsqu Read More...

Kroger Unveils Clean Energy Production System Powered by Food Waste

The Kroger Co. has unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif.The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste int Read More...

Patagonia Joins BICEP for Clean Energy Advocacy

Outdoor apparel company Patagonia has joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition to advocate for cutting edge clean energy policies.Patagonia was a founding signatory of BICEP’s Climate Declaration, a statement urging U.S. policymakers to capture the Amer Read More...

The Coca-Cola Foundation Gives $8.8 Million to Help Develop Sustainable Communities

The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded $8.8 million in grants to 66 community organizations worldwide during the second quarter of 2013 to protect the environment, enhancing personal wellbeing and building strong communities.Between April and June, $1.9 million was directed to physical activity and well-b Read More...

Ikea Plans Large Geothermal Project for Kansas City Store

Ikea plans to incorporate geothermal technology into the heating and cooling system of a brand new store under construction in Merriam, Kan.Related drilling and underground work should be complete by winter, with the system – the largest such project in Kansas or Missouri – ultimately op Read More...

Renewable Energy for Commercial Properties

By Brad OuderkirkEnergy is a funny thing. We all need it, but it’s one of the few products for which historically we’ve had no control over the source or cost. For decades we’ve turned on our lights, operated equipment, paid utility bills and accepted that as reality. In the past d Read More...

SC Johnson Cuts Manufacturing Waste and Boosts Renewable Energy Use

SC Johnson has reduced its global manufacturing waste by 62 percent and increased its use of renewable energy to 30 percent, according to the company’s newly released sustainability report.It has also reports it has develop innovative products that use fewer resources and require less packagin Read More...

Crosby's Unveils First Solar Powered C-Store in Western New York

Crosby’s and Reid Petroleum have plugged in the installation of a 200 panel, 52 kilowatt ground mounted solar array system at their convenience store located in Lockport, N.Y.This is the first convenience store in Western New York to use solar power, according to a company statement.“Thr Read More...

Ikea to Nearly Double Solar Array on Maryland DC Rooftop

Home furnishings retailer Ikea plans to nearly double the solar array completed in April atop its Perryville, Md., distribution center, the state’s largest solar energy system.Installation of the new panels will begin this month with completion expected after the New Year. The 467,618-square-f Read More...

SC Johnson on Track to Hit Global Renewable Energy Goals

SC Johnson celebrated the anniversary this week of one of its recent renewable energy investments – two wind turbines at the company’s largest manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Wis.The turbines have successfully cut nearly 6,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases in their first year o Read More...

Whole Foods Brooklyn Store Uses Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The new Whole Foods Market now open in Brooklyn uses energy-efficient building design and construction, solar energy, and combined heat and power to reduce energy use, boost resiliency and promote environmental stewardship.The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has id Read More...

Walmart Reports New Sustainability Milestones

Walmart is ahead of schedule on its renewable energy conversion rate and energy reduction goals, executives reported during the retail giant’s annual Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting held this week.Through last year’s third quarter, Walmart cut energy consumption by 7.4 percent, m Read More...

REI Now Powered by Renewable Energy

With energy being one of REI’s largest impacts on the climate, the company has committed to having all of its electricity come from clean renewable sources.With 26 solar electric systems generating energy and a strong program to invest in energy efficiency, REI now buys certified renewable ene Read More...

Tech and Retail Sectors Lead EPA Top 100 U.S. Companies Using Renewable Energy

The technology and retail sectors lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership list of the Top 100 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources such as wind and solar power.Four companies from each sector made the top 10 list Read More...

Walmart's Renewable Energy Goals Could Boost Innovation and Lower Overall Costs

In one of its key sustainability goals on clean energy and conservation, Walmart’s efforts should foster innovation in renewable energy and lower costs, according to its newly released 2014 Global Responsibility Report.The world’s largest retailer said it continues to make progress towar Read More...

Kohl's Exceeds Recycling and Energy Star Store Certification Goals

Kohl’s Department Stores exceeded its goal to achieve Energy Star certification for 800 stores two years ahead of schedule and now has 383 LEED-certified buildings, according to the retailer’s 2013 corporate social responsibility report.In total, Kohl’s added 69 Energy Star certifi Read More...

Walmart to Double U.S. On-Site Solar Projects by 2020

Walmart plans to double the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers by 2020 compared to a 2013 baseline.The commitment is part of Walmart’s global initiative to drive the production or procurement of 7 billion kWh of renewable ener Read More...

WWF Exec Calls for Leading Companies to Drive Renewable Energy Revolution

The golden age of renewable energy is upon us, according to Marty Spitzer of WWF, however many companies’ best intentions are being thwarted by utility companies that are not keeping pace with change.“In the process of switching to renewable energy, companies have gained a great deal of Read More...

87 Retailers Make EPA Top Green Power Partnership List

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership’s updated list includes 87 retailers, 10 of which were also named to the Leadership Club, with green power usage meeting or exceeding 100 percent of each company's total electricity use.The Green Power Partnership tracks Read More...

Staples Canada Expands Bullfrog Power Partnership

Staples Canada is expanding its partnership with Bullfrog Power to support renewable energy in its Copy & Print Production Centers in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. The partnership will help the retailer significantly reducing the environmental impact of its most energy-intensive copy and print jo Read More...

Ikea Weighs Pricing Internal Carbon Emissions

Furniture retailer, Ikea Group, is considering putting a price on its internal carbon emissions to help better target its long-term sustainability business plans, according to Reuters.During Reuters’ recent Global Climate Change Summit Ikea Group CEO Peter Agnefjall said carbon pricing is some Read More...

Four Retailers Dominate EPA Top 10 Green Power Partner List

Four retailers, which combined used more than 3.4 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, dominate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership (GPP) lists of companies that choose to use electricity from clean, renewable sources.In ranking order, Kohl&rsquo Read More...

Marks & Spencer Installs U.K.'s Largest Roof-Mounted Solar Panel Project

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is installing the United Kingdom’s largest single roof mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington. The project, which should be completed in early 2015, is being worked on in partnership with Amber Infrastructure. The so Read More...

Kohl's Earns EPA Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award

For a third consecutive year, Kohl’s Department Stores earned a Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Kohl's –  the only retailer in 2014 to be recognized with a Green Power Leadership Award – also received EPA Partner of Read More...

Ikea Group Purchases 165 Megawatt Texas Wind Farm

The Ikea Group has purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy, a 165-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Texas, the single largest renewable energy investment made by the retailer globally to date.Cameron Wind is located in a particularly favorable wind area in the south of T Read More...

Walmart to Add 400 New U.S. On-Site Solar Energy Installations

Walmart will install up to 400 new solar projects at facilities across the country over the next four years, advancing its goal to produce or procure seven billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy globally by the end of 2020, and ultimately be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy.Walmart Read More...

Staples Canada Expands Green Energy Offering to Small Business Owners

Small businesses clients of Staples Canada can now sign up online to draw100 percent green electricity from Bullfrog Power, the retailers own power partner.In September, Staples Canada expanded its partnership with Bullfrog Power to support renewable energy in its Copy & Print Production Centers Read More...

Three Stop & Shop Stores Earn LEED Silver Certification

Three Stop & Shop supermarkets in Massachusetts have each received Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).All told, Stop & Shop has 13 superstores that are LEED certified of which four have received silver certificat Read More...

Ikea to Install Missouri's Largest Rooftop Solar Array

In the fall, Ikea plans to open a store in Missouri that will house the state’s largest solar arrayThe St. Louis store installation will begin this spring and will include a 259,000-square-foot solar array consisting of a 1.28-MW system, built with 4,085 panels. It is expected to produce appro Read More...

Apple Inks $848 Million Solar Deal

Apple Inc., has committed to purchase about $850 million of power from a new California solar farm to both cut energy costs and bolster its renewable energy procurement.The plant, to be built and operated by First Solar Inc., will supply electricity for Apple's new campus in Silicon Valley, and its Read More...

Procter & Gamble and Constellation Develop Biomass Renewable Energy Plant

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Constellation have agreed to develop up to a 50-megawatt biomass plant that will help run one of P&G’s largest manufacturing facilities in the United States.The plant will significantly increase P&G’s use of renewable energy, helping it move clo Read More...

Six Retailers Endorse Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers' Principles

Target, Staples and Ikea this week signed on to the World Resources Institute (WRI) and World Wildlife Federation (WWF) Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, which are intended to spur renewable energy progress. WRI announced the new signatoria via Twitter this week.All told, 25 compa Read More...

New York Stop & Shop Store Installs Bloom Energy Fuel Cell

A Bloom Energy fuel cell will power a Stop & Shop supermarket in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., generate more than two million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.The 250-kilowatt fuel cell system will reduce carbon emissions by more than 700,000 pounds annually, according to a statement released by Stop & Sho Read More...

Target Commits to Solar Power at 500 Stores

Target plans to increase the number of buildings it operates in the United States with rooftop solar panels to 500 by 2020.Target said it has a long-term interest in designing and operating energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. “We’re increasingly meeting a portion of our energy ne Read More...

Exec to Discuss Ahold's Responsible Retailing Strategy at the GRD Innovation Summit

Jihad Rizkallah, vice president of responsible retailing for Ahold USA, will give a keynote presentation on the company’s responsible retailing strategy at the 4th annual Green Retail Decisions Innovation Summit.Rizkallah will review the concepts and real life examples behind the four pillars Read More...

M&S Begins Generating Renewable Energy From U.K.'s Largest Solar Array

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has completed the installation of the United Kingdom’s largest single roof-mounted solar panel array on its East Midlands distribution centre in Castle Donington.With the final panel laid and the system fully commissioned, the solar photovoltaic (PV) array spans t Read More...

Hudson's Bay Exec: How to Internally Sell and Fund Renewable Energy Projects

Gary Levitan, senior manager for energy and utilities for Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), will give a keynote presentation at the Green Retail Decisions Innovation Summit on creative ways to secure internal support and financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.Levitan’s r Read More...

Ikea to Expand Renewable Energy Portfolio With Fuel Cells

Home furnishings retailer Ikea plans to install a fuel cell system manufactured by Bloom Energy at its location in Emeryville, Calif., one of its two San Francisco-area stores.This is the first Ikea endeavor globally to convert biogas into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process. The f Read More...

Target Signs 180-Store Power Purchase Agreement With Greenskies

Target Corp. has signed an agreement with Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC to install solar arrays on the rooftops of 180 stores and distribution centers that stretch across the country.When completed, the 180 solar installations will produce an aggregate total of approximately 100 megawatts of elect Read More...

Wegmans, Stop & Shop Turn Food Waste into Energy

Two East Coast grocers – Wegmans and Stop & Shop –are employing anaerobic digesters to convert food waste into energy.Eleven Wegmans stores in the Rochester, N.Y., area are sending food waste to two dairy farms to be turned into energy and useful byproducts. The initiative involves a Read More...

Walmart Highlights Progress in 2015 Global Responsibility Report

Business should strive for the “lowest true cost for all,” and companies should use their strengths to address complex problems in their supply chains, Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon said in the company’s newly released 2015 Global Responsibility Report.Doug McMillon&ldquo Read More...

L'Oreal USA Reduces CO2 Emissions by 57 Percent

The L’Oréal Group reduced carbon emissions by 50 percent in absolute terms in 2014, from a 2005 baseline, with L’Oréal USA coming in a bit higher with a 57 percent reduction.The company said the milestone underscores its long commitment to renewable energy and use of solar Read More...

The DOE's Better Buildings Challenge Partners Save $840 Million

An exclusive to Green Retail DecisionsAs a nation, we spend more than $200 billion each year to power our commercial buildings, including schools, stores, office buildings and hospitals. Another $200 billion is spent to power industrial facilities.The Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) under the Depar Read More...

Ikea Pledges $1 Billion for Renewable Energy, Climate Change Action

Ikea Group and Ikea Foundation have pledged to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and “climate change action” in poor nations.The financial commitment is comprised of 600 million euros ($674 million) for renewable energy by Ikea Group and 400 million euros ($450 mi Read More...

Amazon to Build 80 MW Solar Farm in Virginia

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is teaming up with Community Energy, Inc., to support the construction and operation of an 80 MW solar farm in Accomack County, Virginia called Amazon Solar Farm US East. The new solar farm is projected to generate approximately 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar po Read More...

Kroger Expands Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Kroger's commitment to environmental sustainability has led the grocer to reduce overall energy consumption in its stores by 35 percent, the retailer reported in its 2015 Sustainability Report. The company noted that it saved 2.4 billion kWh of power, enough electricity to power every single-family Read More...

Amazon Web Services to Develop New Wind Farm, its Largest Renewable Energy Project

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has contracted with Iberdrola Renewables LLC to construct and operate a 208 MW wind farm in North Carolina. Expected to be Amazon’s largest renewable energy project to date, Amazon Wind Farm US East is located in two North Carolina counties, Perquimans and Pasquotank. Read More...

13 American Businesses Commit $140B to Support UN Climate Change Goals

Thirteen leading U.S. businesses joined forces this week with the White House and signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, including consumer products companies Apple, Coca-Cola, and PepsiCo as well as retail giant Walmart. Joining Alcoa, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargil Read More...

H&M, Coca-Cola Debut on Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Nestle Scores High

For the first time, fashion retailer H&M has been included on Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index (DJSEI) and makes its fourth consecutive appearance on the World Index. At the same time, Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has been named to the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the first Read More...

Sendik's Turns Food Waste Into Energy

Sendik’s Food Markets has eliminated 4.7 million car miles worth of greenhouse gas emissions annually by installing InSinkErator’s Grind2Energy systems in its 12 Milwaukee-area stores.The system grinds food waste from the stores and holds it in tanks at each location until it is trucked Read More...

Adidas, Nike Expand Environmental Initiatives

Global sports brands Adidas and Nike have each forwarded new initiatives to improve the environmental impact of their respective operations. In recent announcements, Adidas is looking to programs that recycle, eliminate chemical additives and create near-zero waste and Nike is committed to using onl Read More...

Walmart Buying Into Wind Facility to Power Texas Stores

Walmart will purchase 58 percent of the expected energy output from a new wind farm in Comanche County, Texas, when the facility is completed and operational, according to Fortune magazine.The energy purchase from Pattern Energy Group’s 200 megawatt Logan’s Gap Wind facility, located 150 Read More...

Walmart Names New Sustainability Chief

Walmart veteran Laura Phillips, SVP of Omnichannel Assortments, will become the retailer’s SVP of Sustainability on January 1, 2016. She will report directly to Walmart Chief Sustainability Officer Kathleen McLaughlin.Manuel Gomez, Walmart's previous VP of Sustainability, is moving to Walmart Read More...

Walmart's Green Energy Program to Lower Costs and Consumer Prices

Mark Vanderhelm, Walmart’s new VP, Energy, told attendees of the Arkansas Advance Energy Association (AAEA) this week that the retailer remains committed to using 100 percent renewable energy by 2020, which will reduce costs and lower prices for customers. He said Walmart will tap its huge glo Read More...

Apple Commits to Renewable Energy in China

Apple Inc. will clean up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by its factories and will work with its Chinese suppliers to eventually produce 2.2 gigawatts of solar power and other renewable energy, the manufacturer of iPads and iPhones said last week."Climate cha Read More...

Seventh Generation Sets New Carbon Reduction Goals

Seventh Generation, a household and personal care company that makes diapers, detergents and soaps, has committed to obtaining energy only from non-fossil fuel sources by 2020. The announcement was made October 22 in conjunction with former Vice President Al Gore's recent visit to Burlington, Vt., w Read More...

Walmart Energy Partners Help Fund Chain's Green Initiatives

Walmart is expanding its renewable energy program with the help of its energy partners.According to a November 3 story in Forbes, the retailer “has off-loaded the capital investment–and all the risk–onto partners, like SolarCity, that minimize their exposure by taking full advantag Read More...

Apple to Use Renewable Energy to Power Singapore Facilities

Apple struck a deal with a solar energy developer in Singapore to power all of its local operations with renewable energy, including the first Apple retail store to open in this market, the company announced November 15. The deal will make Apple the first company in Singapore to run exclusively Read More...

Walmart Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 20M Metric Tons

Walmart announced Wednesday that it exceeded its goal of cutting 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its global supply chain in the 10-year period ending this year, recording a reduction of 28.2 million metric tons to date. This is the equivalent of taking more than 5.9 mil Read More...

Amazon Web Services to Add Wind Farm in Ohio

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has contracted with Houston, Tex.–based EDP Renewables to construct and operate a 100 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Ohio that will become operational in May 2017. The new wind farm is expected to generate approximately 320,000MW of energy a year, enough to power approxim Read More...

Unilever to be Carbon Positive by 2030

Unilever has set a goal of being carbon positive across its operations by 2030.Within five years, the consumer products manufacturer said it will eliminate coal from its energy mix and source all grid electricity from renewable sources. In 15 years, or by 2030, it plans to have all of its energy com Read More...

IKEA and Walmart Commit to Science-Based Climate Goals at COP21

At the COP21 global climate in Paris this week, Walmart and IKEA joined more than 100 other companies supporting a Science Based Targets initiative. The retailers are among a group of companies that have already submitted and received approval on their specific carbon goals. Among the others ar Read More...

H&M Commits to Using Only Renewable Energy

Fashion retailer H&M will run its operations entirely on renewable energy whenever possible and everywhere it operates stores. A member of RE100, an organization comprised of companies committed to 100 percent renewable power, H&M has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions vs. 20 Read More...

P&G Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) reinforced its long-term commitment to running its plants completely on renewable energy and to using 100 percent renewable or recycled materials for all of its products and packaging, according to the company's 17th annual sustainability report released th Read More...

IKEA to Add More Wind Farms

In addition to being on-track to becoming energy independent by 2020, IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard said the home furnishings retailer will “definitely buy one or two wind farms this year, more if the opportunity arises.” In an interview with Reuters, Howard said IKEA sa Read More...

Hasbro Joins EPA's Green Power Partnership

Hasbro, Inc. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership, helping move the toy maker towards realizing its 2020 sustainability goals and transition to more renewable energy sources.Hasbro purchased 9,319 megawatt-hours (Mwh) of Green-e Energy Certified R Read More...

Castorama France Opens Energy-Positive Store in Antibes

Kingfisher’s Castorama France, a home improvement chain, has installed a solar panel array on its newly reopened store in Antibes that the retailer expects will help the unit generate more energy than it uses and position the site as a laboratory for testing new sustainable construction techni Read More...

Walmart Looks to Save $1B A Year in Energy Costs

Walmart's Katherine Neebe, director of sustainability, is projecting that Walmart will save $1 billion a year in energy costs once its power goals are fully implemented.Writing in Walmart's online newsletter, Walmart Today, Neebe reflected on her recent trip to Paris to attend the COP21 summit, acco Read More...

Sainsbury's to Buy Biogas from Wyke Farms

Sainsbury's estimates it will cut carbon emissions by 24,000 tons in the next year thanks to a partnership it has struck with cheesemaker Wyke Farms, which will generate green biogas for Sainsbury's stores. The carbon reduction equates to removing 5,000 vehicles from the road.Under the one-year arra Read More...

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