PITTSBURGH—Giant Eagle, which operates GetGo Café + Market c-stores, announced it aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, with an initial target of 50% carbon dioxide reduction by 2030.
Previously, the Pennsylvania chain of supermarkets and convenience stores announced its commitment to eliminating all single-use plastics from operations by 2025.
In the past eight years, Giant Eagle said it has reduced the carbon dioxide emitted throughout its operations by 22%. Efforts included converting about 70% of its truck fleet to alternative energy, LED retrofitting and more efficient heating and cooling.
To build on that progress, the company plans to invest $100 million over the next 10 years to reach important milestones including:
- 100% conversion of Giant Eagle’s 200-plus truck fleet to alternative energy
- Investments in negative emissions technologies which include carbon capture, soil sequestration and reforestation
- Infrastructure improvements that target carbon reduction and energy efficiency, such as IOT solutions and greener HVAC systems
- Smart lighting solutions that use automation and innovation
- Investments into green energy solutions, including direct green power purchasing agreements and other renewable power investments
Giant Eagle’s zero carbon commitment is inclusive of the electricity, refrigerant and fuel used to make its stores, retail support centers and corporate offices operate, as well as the energy needed to move goods and people with its truck fleet.
Sustainability practices are one of the many things consumers consider when choosing where to shop. As a result, environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies and planning are more important than ever for retailers. Be sure to listen to the podcast episode “Why ESG Is Becoming Important to Retailers” to learn more about how you can implement a productive ESG plan in your stores.