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Pittsburgh-Based Food, Fuel and Pharmacy Retailer Giant Eagle Commits to Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2040

Written by Staff Writer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average supermarket emits the equivalent of 6.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually via refrigerants and electricity consumption, or the number of emissions equal to 635,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

As a leading food, fuel and pharmacy retailer with more than 200 supermarkets across five states, Giant Eagle is working toward a more sustainable future for the communities it serves throughout the region. In the past eight years, Giant Eagle has demonstrated its leadership by reducing the carbon dioxide emitted throughout its operations by 22 percent, and the company has set a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, with an initial target of 50 percent carbon dioxide reduction by 2030.

In order to achieve this aggressive goal, Giant Eagle has reimagined necessary business practices to implement more environmentally friendly solutions. Among these are efforts to transition the company’s trucking fleet to alternative energy, with approximately 70 percent of the vehicles already converted.

The company has also made infrastructure improvements, such as smart lighting solutions and efficient HVAC systems, that further target carbon reduction as well as investments into direct green power purchasing agreements and innovative renewable power partnerships.

Giant Eagle’s net 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. In addition to carbon emissions, the company’s overarching strategic sustainability platform also includes single-use plastics, waste, sustainable products and Team Member engagement.

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Jannah Jablonowski
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