Making Their Mark: How Are Retailers Lessening their Environmental Footprint
As distribution centers continue to expand and grow rapidly, especially now during this pandemic where hundreds of thousands of storefronts are closed and retailers are relying largely on distribution of goods through warehouse systems, it is crucial that the future growth strategies and logistics of distribution are well thought out and properly planned for the future.
With that being said, DCs are going eco-friendly, according to First Solar Inc (the nation’s largest maker of solar panels). [i] First Solar Inc. plans to open its first East Coast distribution hub in Greenville to stage deliveries for customers all over the US. [i] The company hopes to develop and operate utility-scale solar power plants and employ 6,400 people worldwide. [i]
Retailers are investing in eco-friendly models as they continue to find inventive ways to lessen their economic footprint. For example, IKEA invested 2.8 billion in renewable energy infrastructure putting 1 million solar panels on 370 of its stores and warehouses, while also building 535 wind turbines and 2 solar parks. [ii] Following closely behind, large retail chain Target has installed 500 solar power systems, helping Target add more than 240 megawatts of solar across their buildings. [iii] Similar to IKEA, Target realized the need to make a big change company wide and lead the way on corporate solar adoption. As they’ve seen the effects of putting these processes into place, it has helped to create a cultural shift in how top companies power their operations. [iii]
“At Target, we’re committed to making our operations even more sustainable to create a better future for our guests, team members, and the planet. Ambitious energy goals have helped us accelerate our progress and reach major milestones. And we’ll continue to invest in technologies, partners and resources to help us achieve even more.” — John Leisen, VP of Property Management, Target. [iii]
Adding to the mix is the show stopper Google, committing $2 billion to a global renewable energy package in the US, Chile, and Europe to increase the amount of electricity it derives from renewable sources. [iv]
“Sustainability has been one of Google’s core values from our earliest days. Over the years we’ve worked hard to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations, build products with people and planet in mind, and drive change at scale through our supply chains.” [iv]
Google has committed to one of the largest renewable energy purchases in corporate history with 18 new energy agreements committing to adding 1,600 megawatts of wind and solar power to its energy portfolio, with hopes to increase its renewable energy portfolio by more than 40%.
As these large corporations either begin to take the steps, or continue to take the steps to put more effort towards lessening their impact on our environment, there is a huge opportunity for growth. Not only growth for these large retailers improving their overall environmental responsibility, but also growth for companies like Rogers looking to help bring as much success to our current customers like Amazon, Target, Walmart, and many more. With electrical work being our main specialty, we thrive on creatively finding ways to lessen our impact on the environment and utilize energy through the work we do for our customers. Rogers can perform energy audits to determine where and how energy is being lost at your business and what systems are operating inefficiently. Rogers will develop a plan with cost-effective measures that can be put in place to your business more comfortable, affordable and energy efficient. Head on over to Our Work to see projects we’ve worked on for some of the biggest names in the game.