Energy use in our stores makes up roughly 80% of our entire carbon footprint.
That makes it our single biggest impact on the climate - and our single biggest opportunity to make significant improvements. Conserving energy and increasing efficiency are two important measures we can take to reduce our contribution to climate change.
We're fully committed to reducing our energy consumption by 25% and to covering 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy by 2015.
What We've Been Doing
In the last few years we've made significant progress in understanding and developing new strategies to reduce our energy consumption. We continue to invest in renewable energy to offset the electricity used in our company-operated stores in the US and Canada, and are beginning to work with our markets around the world to identify additional renewable solutions. We're also investing in new lighting and improving the efficiency of HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) systems and other equipment.
The next couple of years will be spent testing, refining, planning and pushing so that we're fully prepared to meet our 2015 commitment. We're optimistic about our future and will keep you informed on our progress.