As part of our Recipe for Change, we’re fighting climate change by reducing carbon emissions through science-based targets. As part of this platform, we’re committing to:

  • Achieve Science Based Targets initiative approved carbon emissions reduction goals by 2030.
    • Reduce carbon emissions from company operations by 47%.
    • Reduce downstream carbon emissions from the use of sold goods by approximately 27%.
    • Engage top suppliers to set science-based carbon reduction targets by 2026.
  • Achieve Net Zero emissions in company operations by 2040.

Efforts currently underway to measure and reduce emissions at Albertsons Companies, include:

  • Emissions Reporting: Emissions are third-party verified and reported annually to CDP and The Climate Registry (TCR). TCR awarded Albertsons Cos. Climate Registered Gold status for leadership in reporting verified GHG emissions over the last two years.
  • Efficiency Projects: Implemented hundreds of energy efficiency projects in 2020 that are estimated to save more than 2 million metric tons of CO2e annually. Albertsons Companies’ Southwest Division was recognized for Sustained Excellence in the Salt River Project’s 2020 Champions of Energy Efficiency awards.
  • Sourcing Renewable Energy: Albertsons Cos is one of the U.S. EPA’s top 30 retail partners for their Green Power Partnership program. Albertsons Cos. recently expanded its sourcing of renewable energy to more than 70 locations in Virginia and Arizona.

Electricity

Energy savings can have a big impact on the environment. We are investing in energy efficiency technologies to reduce our electricity usage in our stores, distribution centers, manufacturing plants and offices. These can be in the form of energy efficient LED lighting in stores, energy management systems to monitor our energy consumption or solar energy to power our stores.

We have a growing portfolio of neighborhood stores that use solar energy systems. Each system generates about 20% of the power needed to run an entire store. Every single solar panel installation adds up to make a big difference. Another renewable energy we are harnessing is wind power. We were one of the first U.S. retailers to use on-premise, utility-grade wind turbines at one of our distribution centers. The two 1-megawatt Mitsubishi wind turbines make a significant contribution to the power needs of our 1.9 million square foot distribution center located on 210 acres in Tracy, California.

Transportation

Our company has constantly explored technologies that can help us reduce our carbon footprint while improving our business operations and impact in the community. One area showing much promise is transportation. Our entire private truck fleet is certified by the EPA’s SmartWay program as we work to advance supply chain sustainability and freight transportation efficiency.

In 2021, we completed the nation's first commercial 100% zero-emission refrigerated grocery delivery with a class 8 truck. We have procured several electric-powered transport refrigeration units to pair with our electric trucks in our Southern California division. The inaugural delivery, which delivered groceries to a LEED-certified Albertsons store in Irvine, California, is an exciting step toward achieving our climate action goals.