Ecolab and the parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft have both set new environmental targets after surpassing earlier carbon-reduction goals.
Water and energy technology and services company Ecolab has set five-year targets including a 5 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a 10 percent reduction in water use and wastewater discharge, and a 10 percent reduction in solid waste, per million dollars in sales.
All of these goals use 2012 as a baseline. Ecolab merged with Nalco Company in December 2011.
The updated environmental performance targets build upon the success both Ecolab and Nalco had achieved toward their previous environmental goals, the firms say. By the end of 2011, Ecolab achieved a 19 percent reduction in US GHG emissions from the 2006 baseline, attaining 95 percent of its stated goal within 83 percent of the time frame, the company says. Ecolab also reduced waste by 20 percent between 2009 and 2012, against a target of 18 percent.
In 2007, Nalco set a target of reducing its total energy use 10 percent globally by the end of 2012, and achieved 84 percent of its goal within 80 percent of the planned time frame.
Meanwhile, Ann Taylor and Loft’s parent company, Ann Inc., says it has surpassed its 2015 carbon footprint goal of reducing its emissions by 8 percent per square foot. Based on year-end 2012 results, the company has more than doubled that goal, achieving a 20 percent reduction over its 2008 baseline.
Ann Inc. has now set a new goal of reducing emissions per square foot by 30 percent by 2015 compared to 2008.
The company says it achieved this reduction by installing energy-efficient lighting in its stores and encouraging employees to change their behavior through its Ann Conserves Energy (ACE) program. ACE trains more than 18,000 store associates on energy efficiency best practices and behaviors, including lighting, equipment and temperature control settings, the company says.
In 2012, Ann Inc. installed more than 50,000 LED bulbs in about 400 stores. The company’s flagship Loft store in New York’s Times Square has also been outfitted with energy efficient LEDs and the store’s 12,000-light-bulb marquee now uses one quarter of the energy that it used when it was first installed, Ann Inc. says.
These initiatives have produced increased Ann stores’ energy efficiency by 10 percent per square foot in three years, says Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Ann Inc. vice president of corporate social responsibility.