As part of its ongoing commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, Whole Foods Market was recognized by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for meeting its energy savings goal as a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge. The grocer improved energy efficiency by 21% from its 2010 baseline and met its challenge target two years ahead of schedule by implementing a variety of retrofit projects and an energy awareness program for store operations.
Whole Foods is reportedly the only grocery retailer working with DOE to set portfolio-wide energy savings targets and share efficiency strategies Solution center for better buildings. To date, Better Buildings partners have saved more than $15 billion in energy costs, resulting in more than 150 million tons of avoided carbon emissions.
“Congratulations to our 2022 Better Buildings Goal Achievers on achieving their ambitious energy savings goals,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, Assistant Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the DOE in Washington DC. “By conserving energy and sharing their real-world best practices, these partners are driving the journey toward a clean energy economy while helping other organizations learn from their successes.”
Whole Foods improved energy efficiency on 12.3 million square feet of its building portfolio. The company is reportedly a leading adopter of low-GWP refrigeration technologies and has piloted several unique system designs. As of 2021, the company also has 70 stores and facilities that complement the traditional supply of electricity from rooftop solar panels.
As a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge, Whole Foods used submetering and monitoring tools to measure, analyze and publicly share the performance of newly designed and replicated energy efficiency and climate protection initiatives in new and retrofitted stores. The company also works with manufacturers, trading partners, industry peers, the DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations to meet its energy efficiency goals.
“At Whole Foods Market, our mission is to feed people and the planet, and we strive to fulfill that mission in all aspects of our business, including how we design and operate our stores,” said Caitlin Leibert, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility for Whole Foods. “We are encouraged by the progress made to date and are committed to continuing this very important work with the U.S. Department of Energy and stakeholders across the industry to help raise the bar for energy efficiency and environmental protection.”
For more details on the grocer’s environmental initiatives, see his recently released first Social Impact update.
The Better Buildings Challenge is a component of the Initiative for better buildingsthrough which DOE works with more than 900 public and private sector organizations to make commercial, public, industrial and residential buildings more efficient.
The first organic certified national grocer, From Austin, Texas whole food has over 500 stores in the US, Canada and the UK. The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon. Based in Seattle Amazon is #2 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocers 2022 list Top grocery and consumables retailers in North America.