Retailers pledge to combat climate change

Some of the largest retailers in the United States have pledged to back President Barack Obama's plan to combat climate change.

In all, 81 companies, including Apple, Best Buy, Target and Walmart, have signed the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for action on climate change and the conclusion of a climate change agreement in Paris.

By signing the pledge, these companies are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to climate action. As part of this initiative, each company is announcing significant pledges to reduce their emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy, and take other actions to build more sustainable businesses.

Apple already runs all of its U.S. operations on 100 percent renewable energy, and pledged to bring an estimated 280 megawatts of clean power generation online by the end of 2016 through investments in Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon and Sichuan Province, China. Since 2011, Apple has reduced carbon emissions from its global corporate facilities, data centers and retail stores by 48 percent.

Best Buy pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020; offer an assortment of energy-efficient products and solutions to enable consumers to minimize their own carbon footprint; and collaborate with industry partners to promote sustainable electronics through manufacture, transport, in-use phase, and end-of-life treatment of products.

Target made a number of pledges including a 10 percent reduction in energy intensity-per-square-foot by 2020 in stores. The big-box retailer plans to dramatically increase renewable energy by increasing the number of solar rooftop panels by over 2000 percent to 500 stores and distribution centers by 2020. Solar panels generate approximately one-third of energy use per building.

Walmart is on track toward a goal of being powered by 100 percent renewable energy, and expects to exceed its 2015 goal of eliminating 20 million metric tons of GHG emissions from its supply chain. In addition, Walmart is working with suppliers to reduce energy use in the food supply.

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