Kohl’s leads retailers in EPA Green Power list
Washington, D.C. — Kohl’s Corp. ranked second on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership’s latest ranking of the Top 50 partners using the most renewable electricity.
Kohl’s joined the top-ranking Intel as the only two partners using more than 1 billion kWh of green power. The retailer increased its green power purchase to more than 1.4 billion kWh of green power annually.
Other retailers in the top ten included Whole Foods Market, Staples, which Staples, which jumped from number 28 to eight in the ranks by more than doubling its renewable energy purchases, from 22% to 52% of its power use.
Report: Walmart reaches deal with New York City construction union
New York City — Walmart has reached a deal in principle with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Crain’s New York Business reported. The agreement guarantees union workers will construct or renovate any stores that the chain opens in the city during the next five years, Crain’s New York reported.
The agreement is a win for Walmart, which has faced tough opposition from unions in New York City.
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Tesco rolling out energy display screens to 500 locations
New York City — Tesco PLC will install touch-screen energy display boards in 500 locations across the United Kingdom. The screens, which will be located in staff areas, will display which areas of the store are consuming the most energy. The hope is that the associates will respond and adjust energy usage as needed throughout the day.
Tesco made the decision to roll out the screens after a nine-store pilot. The test resulted in a 2% to 3% drop in total energy consumption. The retailer described the cut in energy costs as "a huge margin" for one piece of equipment.
According to Tesco, not only do the energy display screens get employees involved, but they help further reduce the stores’ carbon footprint by removing the need for reams of paper data that detail the store’s energy consumption.
"This is an exciting development in Tesco’s long term plans to reduce the carbon footprint of its stores by 2020,” stated Richard Lee, head of energy at Tesco. “The energy boards also present a visual snapshot of the data, which is far more meaningful that reams of paper based data and empowers people to actively promote energy saving."