Best Buy will work toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its stores, distribution centers, trucks, and headquarters by 8% over the next four years.
Steps to reach that goal include:
• adding skylights and upgraded high-efficiency lighting and HVAC systems in all stores and operations, and incorporating them in new stores;
• implementing a no-idling policy nationwide for its fleet;
• upgrading and networking the company’s centralized energy management system to better track energy spikes across stores and operations; and
• testing renewable energy sources including solar panels on select stores.
Best Buy intends to measure emissions on a per square footage basis to account for improvement while maintaining company growth initiatives. The company’s U.S. operations and stores emit approximately 62 pounds of greenhouse gasses annually per square foot. Electricity use represents 77% of the emissions, followed by HVAC at 13%, gas for fleet and service vehicles at 5 percent, and diesel for fleet vehicles and natural gas at 2% each.
Best Buy has also launched a new initiative called Greener Together, which was developed to help itself and consumers make smarter decisions about technology, and consume less energy in the process. Through the program, the retailer will help customers choose electronics and appliances “wisely” and use them more efficiently, plus find easy ways to recycle, reuse, or trade in products at the end of their life cycle. The company will also work with employees, manufacturers, and partners to reduce its own carbon footprint, while providing consumers with an increasing number of energy efficient and recyclable options, from components to packaging.
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