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07/14/2021

Giant Eagle pledges to reach net zero Carbon Emissions by 2040

Marianne Wilson
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Giant Eagle plans to invest $100 during the next 10 years to reach key environmental milestones. 

To improve its impact on the climate, Giant Eagle has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, with an initial target of 50% carbon dioxide reduction by 2030. 

During the past eight years, Giant Eagle has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 22% through a variety of measures, including the conversion of about 70% of its truck fleet to alternative energy, LED retrofitting and more efficient heating and cooling. It plans to build on that progress with an investment of $100 million over the next 10 years to reach important milestones including:

•    100% conversion of its 200-plus truck fleet to alternative energy;
•    Infrastructure improvements targeting carbon reduction and energy efficiency such as smart lighting solutions and greener HVAC systems;
•    Investments in green energy solutions that include direct green power purchasing agreements and other renewable power projects; and
•    Investments in negative emissions technologies, including carbon capture, soil sequestration and reforestation.

Giant Eagle’s zero-carbon commitment is inclusive of the electricity, refrigerant and fuel used to make its stores, retail support centers and corporate offices operate as well as the energy needed to move goods and people with its truck fleet.

“Our future generations deserve a healthy planet and reducing our impact on the climate is a critical way we can make good on this obligation,” said Laura Shapira Karet, president and CEO, Giant Eagle. “Giant Eagle has proudly served our communities for nearly a century, and we are committed to doing our part to preserve the neighborhoods we call home for another 100 years.

Based in Pittsburgh, Giant Eagle operates more than 470 stores throughout western Pennsylvania, Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.

As part committed to improving its climate impact by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. 

The goals include improving its climate impact by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, with an initial target of 50% carbon dioxide reduction by 2030.