Monday, September 03, 2007

Office Depot Cuts Emissions 10%

Office Depot (NYSE:ODP) announced that it cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a total of 10.1 percent from its North American retail stores, warehouses, and offices.

They didn't buy green power or offset their carbon emissions. Instead, they used the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to cut emissions: energy efficiency.

The company installed one of the largest energy efficiency lighting retrofits ever by changing over its North American stores to T5 energy-efficient lights. They also installed super-efficient HVAC systems and added sensors that automatically turn off lighting in rooms with no occupants (I think this is a no-brainer for any business). Office Depot's new Energy Management System will also allow the company to track energy usage and trends and set the temperature for all stores.
Expansion didn't have to stall while energy efficiency was improved, either.

From 2005-2006, total facilities' footprint increased by 1.7 million square feet: Proof that expansion, development, and growth does not have to come at the expense of a commonsense energy plan.

Environmental Leader


Anonymous said...

It's impressive the savings that big businesses can make through simple energy-efficiency measures, and they can often be justified on economic grounds alone.

So many businesses can cut their energy bills by 5 or 10% just by making sure that they switch all their equipment off when it isn't needed. It sounds simple, but unless you're very small it can become quite a mission to make sure that everything gets switched off. This is where timer switches and energy management tools come in handy (shamless plug there...)!

When high-profile companies like Office Depot take these simple energy-efficiency measures and publicise their results it sets a great example for everyone else. I do, however, think that it's a shame that Office Depot haven't publicised the cost savings that they've made as a result of improving energy efficiency. Cost savings aren't as good for promoting the green image, but they certainly help to encourage other businesses to follow suit.

Maria Surma Manka said...

Good point, Martin. We know they're not doing this out of the goodness of their heart; but because there are also real savings to be had in the long run.

alvinwriter said...

tlurfThese decisions to be more energy efficient shows that it pays to be green and this sends the right message to other companies and individuals to follow suit.

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Anonymous said...

It's such a win-win solution I can't see why every company doesn't do the same. With a little thought I'm sure every company could save 5% in the first year of trying.