Commercial, GHG Emissions - August 18, 2020
Kroger targets 30% emissions reduction
Kroger announced Aug. 17 their new commitment to reducing absolute emissions business-wide by 30% between 2018 and 2030.
The grocery store chain released their 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which also reported that they achieved a 47.4% reduction in their electricity use between 2000 and 2020. In 2019, they installed glass doors to cover open refrigerated cases in 250 stores as part of an initiative that is expected to save 56 million kWh of electricity annually once fully rolled out.
"Our annual ESG report underpins Kroger's vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift," Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "We are committed to continuing to integrate ESG metrics into our business strategy, driving shared value for our associates, customers, communities and company. We're pleased to share Kroger's latest performance on key topics, including our 2020 sustainability goals and Zero Hunger | Zero Waste metrics. We also look to what lies ahead, and we're proud to announce the first of several new priorities and commitments that will help affirm Kroger's sustainability leadership through the next decade and beyond."
In 2019, the company installed its largest solar project to date at their automated distribution center in Paramount, Calif., and installed a 2,900-panel solar array at La Habra Bakery in California that will offset 20% of the facility’s electricity needs. They plan to continue improving their climate impact by increasing investments in energy efficiency, refrigerant emissions reductions and renewable energy. In total, Kroger’s solar and wind installations generated more than 12.87 million kWh of renewable energy in 2019.
Additionally, Kroger improved their fleet efficiency by 10.84% in 2019, compared to a 2010 baseline, by increasing new technology and efficiencies in how they make deliveries and operate equipment.
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