Our Carbon Footprint at a Glance
Our carbon footprint measures the direct impact of our business activities on the climate, specifically the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated through our retail operations and our transport fleet.
Energy used in our retail operations -- that is, our stores, logistics centres, offices and other facilities -- accounts for roughly half of our carbon footprint. The balance results from fuel consumed by our corporate fleet and by our trucking subsidiary, SLH Transport Inc.
Sears Canada calculates our carbon footprint according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, an international accounting tool to understand, measure and manage greenhouse gas emissions, and has reported its carbon footprint to the Carbon Disclosure Project, an independent, not-for-profit organization that houses the largest database of climate change information from corporations around the world.
Sears Canada GHG Emissions Over Time
Sears Canada made a commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of our retail operations by 20% below 2007 levels by 2013. This meant reducing our overall consumption of electricity, natural gas and other fuel in our facilities. We achieved this goal in 2013, and have set a new and ambitious goal to cut our retail carbon footprint in half by 2020. We will achieve this goal through ongoing energy reduction efforts.
The majority of our fleet emissions are generated by SLH Transport, which offers its services to a growing number of external customers in addition to hauling goods for Sears Canada. As a result, its carbon footprint fluctuates along with the number of kilometers driven each year. Fuel efficiency is a top priority for the company and SLH has been named an EPA Smartway Transport Partner since 2007.