Commercial, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - July 25, 2017
7-Eleven, Chevrolet awarded for efficiency successes
7-Eleven was chosen July 20 to receive an award for its energy consumption reduction and improved efficiency by the 2017 Alliance to Save Energy Stars of Energy Efficiency program.
The convenience store chain will be presented at the alliance’s award dinner on Sept. 14 with the Built Environment award for its 21% decrease in electricity use in store operations over the past seven years. The company achieved this reduction by installing LED lighting, energy management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units, according to a news release by the award committee.
“Over the past seven years, we’ve invested in capital improvements in our stores saving 458,000 MWh each year and reducing our energy footprint,” 7-Eleven CEO Joseph DePinto said in a statement. “This is good for the environment, and it’s good for our bottom line.”
According to 7-Eleven’s corporate social responsibility plan, it hopes to reduce energy use by 20% from a 2015 baseline by 2025 and has already reduced annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 300,000 metric tons by implementing efficiency measures in its store locations globally.
The Alliance to Save Energy is a 40-year-old coalition of business, government, environmental and consumer leaders advocating for enhanced energy efficiency in the U.S. economy. This is the 25th year of the Alliance’s Stars of Energy Efficiency award program to recognize achievements in energy management.
Among the other energy award winners for 2017 is Chevrolet, which will be awarded the Alliance’s Stars of Energy Efficiency Transportation award for its Bolt EV, the first long-range, affordably priced electric vehicle on the market. The EPA estimated that the vehicle is capable of a range of 238 miles of zero-emissions driving per full charge, an innovative step in the electric vehicle market.
Other awards in the competition will go to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Schneider Electric, Itron and American Waters for their own respective energy efficiency successes and contributions.