Gap Inc. Ups Ante for GHG Goals in Global Facilities
BICEP member Gap Inc. flew past its 20 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2015. Now, the parent company of Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic has set itself a worthy new target: halving its emissions by 2020.
As announced late last week, Gap Inc. has made a commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent in its global owned and operated facilities by 2020. Their approach will include new approaches to energy efficiency at their more than 3,000 stores, offices, and distribution facilities around the world—including plans to install LED lighting and smart thermostats in stores and to use an industry shipment program to improve fuel efficiency.
Gap Inc. achieved its 2015 greenhouse gas goal two years ahead of schedule—ending 2015 with a 38% total reduction in emissions.
In December, Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck joined the CEOs of Levi Strauss, VF Corp., Eileen Fisher, Burton Snowboards, Adidas, and H&M to call for a strong climate change agreement in Paris.
“In response to the climate negotiations in Paris and with what we’re seeing in the world, we feel this is an appropriate step for our company,” Senior Director of Sustainable Innovation, Melissa Fifield, told Buzzfeed News. “We have a large store footprint and the greenhouse gas emissions lighting those stores has a fairly sizable impact.”
Gap Inc. also announced plans to divert 80 percent of waste from landfill in its U.S. operations by 2020.