In 2012, Kohl’s furthered its commitment to energy efficiency and the use and support of renewable energy through initiatives including:Energy Efficiency
- Re-Commissioning – Kohl’s improved the energy management of 47 stores that were identified through a re-commissioning program that evaluates all controls, lighting and temperature equipment to maximize energy efficiency.
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting – In more than 70 new and remodeled Kohl’s stores, the company upgraded to LED accent lighting that has a longer lifespan and uses 46 percent less energy than traditional spot lighting solutions. Additionally, more than 300 stores received LED jewelry showcase lighting.
- LED Retrofit – More than 600 Kohl’s stores were retrofitted for a screw-in LED lamp program that uses existing spot-light fixtures with a lamp that has a longer lifespan and lower wattage.
- Wattage Reduction – Kohl’s rolled out an ambient wattage reduction package in more than 200 stores that replaced lighting throughout the store with a lower-wattage lamp that saves more than 72,000 kWh of energy per year and provides an enhanced merchandise display.
- Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations – Kohl’s continued to expand its EV charging station initiative. Customers may now charge for free while they shop at 60 locations across 16 states.
- Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge – Kohl’s has set a goal through the Better Buildings Challenge to reduce its use of energy in more than 112 million square feet of occupied building space by at least 20 percent by 2020.
- Solar Power – The company expanded its solar program by installing panels at 16 new locations and activating its largest array of solar panels at its million-square-foot, e-commerce distribution center in Maryland. To date, Kohl’s has more than 130 solar locations in 12 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and is one of the largest single hosts of solar electricity production in North America.
- Renewable Energy Credits – Kohl’s purchased more than 1.5 billion kWh of green power, enough to offset more than 100 percent of the company’s purchased electricity use for the third consecutive year. The company ranks first in retail and second overall on EPA’s quarterly rankings of top green power purchasers.