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The Home Depot Exceeds 2015 Carbon Reduction Goals

home depot logoThe Home Depot has reduced its supply chain carbon emissions by 35 percent in 2015 over 2008 levels, significantly surpassing the 20 percent reduction goal it set in 2010, according to the company’s 2015 Sustainability Report.

The Home Depot also reported that its stores have reduced energy use by 30 percent over 2004 levels — a savings of more than 8 billion kilowatts over 10 years. The original goal set in 2010 was to reduce energy use by 20 percent. In 2014, over 40 percent of the waste The Home Depot generated was reused for energy or recycled.

In addition to outlining its 2015 accomplishments, the company announced two new commitments to be reached by 2020:

  • A reduction of total energy use by an additional 20 percent below 2010 consumption levels.
  • Procure 135 MW of electricity from a combination of onsite fuel cell and solar installs as well as offsite solar and wind developments.

During 2015, CDP rated Home Depot as an S&P Climate Disclosure Leader on its annual CDL Index with a score of 99 out of 100. The company was also awarded a SmartWay Transport Excellence Award, Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence, and WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award.

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2 thoughts on “The Home Depot Exceeds 2015 Carbon Reduction Goals

  1. The thing is, if you set your “carbon reduction goal” very low in the first place, it’s not hard to exceed them. Home Depot’s goal of a 20% reduction from 2008 through 2015 is so ridiculously low that they might as well not have even bothered reducing such conditions in the first place.

  2. Home Depot does deserve credit for some good work, which has been recognised by CDP and others, but given the scale of the response needed to climate change, they’re going to have to seriously expand their ambitions going forward. We will need to see more ambitious targets, with some serious investment behind them, if Home Depot wants to convince stakeholders it’s a genuinely sustainable business.

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