Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today announced that the company has been recognized with a 2013 Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. Today Kohl’s also announced its goal to achieve net zero emissions each year through 2015.
“This recognition from EPA comes at a time when we are furthering our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality through a continued investment in the use and support of green power, as well as our sustainable operations strategies companywide,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s senior executive vice president. “In 2012, we were pleased to achieve our initial goal to achieve net zero emissions from 2010-2012 and are proud to extend that goal for three more years through 2015.”
Initiatives to further both operational efficiency and green power programs are integral to the company’s ongoing commitment to maintaining a net zero carbon footprint.
Operational EfficienciesThe foundation of Kohl’s efforts is the expansion of its longstanding leadership in operational efficiency, including waste reduction, building design and operation, transportation, supply chain and energy management. More than two-thirds of the company’s locations have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR® certification, and more than a quarter have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Kohl’s is also an active participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. Through this program, the company has committed to reduce its energy use in more than 112 million square feet of occupied building space by at least 20 percent by 2020. Green Power Purchase and On-site Generation Kohl's is currently purchasing 1.5 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) green power annually and generates an additional 37 million kWh of on-site green power annually, which is enough to meet 105 percent of the company’s total U.S.-based electricity use.