Operations teams in each of our geographies are actively working to manage our energy consumption and costs, analyze and improve our operational performance, and test potential technologies in the facilities we operate to help us drive progress against our operational goals. Specifically, our tactics include:
- Implementing light-emitting diode (LED) technologies
- Retrofitting lighting and HVAC systems in existing stores and distribution centers in certain geographies
- Exploring and leveraging utility level incentives and programs
We are also exploring new technologies to optimize access and use of our energy data as well as evaluating battery energy storage and demand-control ventilation for HVAC, which may be applicable across certain facility types.
Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy
We source low-carbon and renewable energy to further reduce our GHG emissions from electricity consumption. Some examples of our current sourcing strategies include:
- Wholesale power purchase agreements
- On-site power purchase agreements
- Electricity supply contracts
- Renewable energy credits
In the U.S., distribution centers in Arizona, Connecticut, and Nevada and select stores in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and California have installed solar panels, resulting in an estimated $640,000 savings each year. These projects are on buildings we own or where market conditions and landlord partnerships enable projects.
In certain geographies, we leverage carbon offsets2 to offset emissions resulting from our direct operations and business travel.
For example, TJX Canada has been carbon neutral for its Scope 1 and 2 and reported Scope 3 (business travel and waste) emissions from operations for its fourth consecutive year. The team reduced energy usage and purchased renewable energy credits as well as carbon offsets to support this strategy. In Fiscal 2022, from a combination of projects focused on forest conservation and small-scale hydro-electric generation in countries where we actively source merchandise, TJX Canada offset emissions associated with its operations, business travel, and waste, totaling 21,000 metric tons CO2e.
Transportation and Fuel
Although TJX does not generally own or lease the vehicles that transport our merchandise, we do include some emissions in our operational footprint (Scope 1) from limited sources, including those where we directly manage our logistics and distribution, such as in the U.K. and Ireland outbound store deliveries as well as fleet vehicles. Together with our partners, we work to increase fuel efficiency and reduce costs, with the goal of decreasing the impact of our vehicles on the environment. Our key strategies for reducing these emissions include:
In the U.S. we:
- Utilize hybrid cars for a small portion of our fleet vehicles.
In the U.K. and Ireland, we:
- Incorporate a "sustainability" clause in our new logistics agreements, which covers both trucking and store delivery vehicles and commits both parties to achieving key environmental goals aligned with TJX targets.
- Have increased the use of both our longer-semi trailers and our Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) tractor units, resulting in carbon emissions reductions of approximately 156 metric tons per year.
- Support ongoing initiatives including the implementation of fleet analytics and tire pressure monitoring to deliver incremental fuel efficiency.
- Regularly review our delivery schedules to reduce miles traveled, implementing measures such as reducing empty running, combining store deliveries, and maximizing vehicle sizes.
See Reducing Emissions: In Our Value Chain for more details on our transportation and logistics efforts.
We have constructed new buildings and incorporated environmentally sustainable features when feasible. For example, our newly constructed distribution centers and processing centers are built to include the addition of onsite solar arrays where possible. Furthermore, when we move into existing properties, as part of the renovation process, our design teams typically consider ways to improve energy efficiency and water conservation and to develop recycling infrastructure where feasible. See a global list of environmentally sustainable building projects. See below for more information on our new European headquarters.