April 28, 2011
Target Corp. has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) GreenChill program to further its efforts to reduce refrigeration emissions by adopting green refrigeration technologies in its stores.
"We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by forging new partnerships, achieving milestones in our business and progressing towards our sustainability goals,” said Dan Riley, Target’s vice president of property development.
As Target focuses more heavily on fresh foods, its refrigeration needs will increase and “excellent refrigeration management will become more and more important for the company's environmental responsibility goals,” said Keilly Witman, GreenChill program manager. “Target's partnership with GreenChill is a commitment to the public that the company is protecting the environment during its expansion."
In addition to GreenChill, Target’s goal is to earn the Energy Star label for at least 75 percent of its U.S. buildings by 2016, and is part of the EPA's SmartWay program to reduce transportation-related emissions. Target is also part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Retail Energy Alliance and a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition that was announced earlier this year.
In other news, Target reported that between April and Decembers of 2010 it collected and recycled more than 700 tons of bottles and cans, nearly 2 million units of small electronics -- including cell phones and MPS players – as well as 170 million shopping bags.
GRD Views: Without much fanfare, Target is making dramatic moves to expand its sustainable business practices. As the company generally doesn’t like playing catch up, my sense is we’ll see this momentum continue.