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12/02/2021

Tractor Supply recognized as a leading green power user

Marianne Wilson
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Tractor Supply has committed to achieving net zero emissions in operations by 2040.

Tractor Supply Company has made sourcing green power a priority.

The largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States recently joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. Tractor Supply is using more than 61 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 15% of the company’s electricity use.

Earlier this year, Tractor Supply set new sustainability goals to reduce carbon emissions, while committing to achieving net zero emissions in operations by 2040. Sourcing more green power for stores and distribution centers is the primary component of its Scope 2 emissions strategy.

The retailer is prioritizing the procurement of green power with its energy suppliers where possible as options to buy green power remain limited in many parts of the country where Tractor Supply stores are located. By choosing green power, Tractor Supply said it is helping advance the voluntary market for green power and development of those sources.

“Tractor Supply is honored to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Noni Ellison, senior VP, general counsel and corporate secretary. “Using green power helps us reduce air pollution and lower our emissions footprint, which is an important step as we work towards our vision of a more sustainable future. Being named a Green Power Partner is validation for our commitment in creating energy and carbon efficiencies in our stores and distribution centers.”

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Green power is electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, Tractor Supply and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain and regional haze.

As of  September 25, the company operated 1,967 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states. It also operated 177 Petsense stores in 23 states.  

The Green Power Partnership is a partnership program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. In 2020, the Partnership had more than 700 Partners voluntarily using nearly 70 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually.