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Energy and Climate



TJX aims to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Electricity and fuels used to operate our stores generate the majority of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that we can control directly. Our global approach to reducing our climate impacts includes a balanced and opportunistic portfolio of emissions-reduction activities. As our energy sourcing experts have made significant strides in the percentage of renewable and alternative energy in our electricity portfolio through a variety of innovative and cost effective strategies, we have been able to include energy efficiency strategies and alternative energy sourcing. The teams’ lighting and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) initiatives combined with renewable and low-carbon energy purchases resulted in a reduction of over 155,000 metric tons of CO2e from our operations and significant cost savings. Through our global approach and regional implementation strategies, our efforts have reduced the environmental impacts of our owned and operated facilities.

Conserving Energy

Regional Energy Management teams across our global operations are responsible for managing our energy consumption and costs, analyzing and improving current operational performance, and testing, prioritizing, and implementing energy efficiency technologies and products. To facilitate the sharing of best practices across our global regions, our Energy Management teams share information throughout the year and collaborate on regional approaches. These teams support the energy data collection efforts for over 4,500 stores as part of our global, corporate GHG inventory. They also help align reduction strategies with our global, corporate GHG emissions-reduction target. Additionally, members of this team were a critical input into the process of setting our latest science-based emissions-reduction target. We expect that our foundational strategies will continue to support our new target and include:

Electricity is Our Largest Source of GHG Emissions1

GHG Emissions graph: 83% Electricity, 11% Onsite Fuels, 3% Transport Fuels, 1% Refrigerants

Stores Account for 80% of Our Carbon Footprint1

Carbon Footprint graph: 80% Stores, 14% Distribution Centers, 3% Offices, 3% Vehicles

Electricity is Our Largest Source of GHG Emissions1

GHG Emissions graph: 83% Electricity, 11% Onsite Fuels, 3% Transport Fuels, 1% Refrigerants

Stores Account for 80% of Our Carbon Footprint1

Carbon Footprint graph: 80% Stores, 14% Distribution Centers, 3% Offices, 3% Vehicles

Electricity is Our Largest Source of GHG Emissions1

GHG Emissions graph: 83% Electricity, 11% Onsite Fuels, 3% Transport Fuels, 1% Refrigerants

Stores Account for 80% of Our Carbon Footprint1

Carbon Footprint graph: 80% Stores, 14% Distribution Centers, 3% Offices, 3% Vehicles

2019 Global Results


2019 Global Results


131,000

metric tons reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions

375 million

kilowatt hours of low-carbon energy purchased

131,000

metric tons reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions

375 million

kilowatt hours of low-carbon energy purchased

131,000

metric tons reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions

375 million

kilowatt hours of low-carbon energy purchased

  • Avoiding and Offsetting Emissions

    Along with energy-efficiency initiatives, low-carbon energy is an important part of our approach to reducing GHG emissions from electricity consumption. We leverage low-carbon energy sources as well as carbon offsets2 in our efforts to reduce emissions from our global corporate GHG inventory.

    Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy

    As a global company, we operate in many different energy and renewables markets. Opportunities for using renewable energy vary greatly from country to country and even within regions. Additionally, for TJX, onsite, renewable electricity-generation opportunities are limited as we typically do not build or own our stores. We have regional strategies to support our efforts, and subject matter experts review opportunities, deal structures, and procurement strategies that are currently available in their local marketplaces. They continue to evaluate alternative energy solutions and purchasing opportunities for our facilities, taking into account the economic and operational feasibility of projects. Some examples of our current sourcing strategies include:

    In 2019, we sourced over 290 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy in total, generated from a variety of technologies. In the U.S. and Canada, our approach to renewable energy includes installing solar panels on select buildings, contracting with utilities for renewables, and purchasing renewable energy credits from national, new-renewable facilities. Our renewable energy strategies and low-carbon energy purchases in 2019 enabled us to reduce our Scope 2 market-based GHG inventory by more than 150,000 metric tons of CO2e.

    TJX leases the vast majority of its stores, which limits our ability to generate renewable electricity on a broader scale. However, we have found opportunities in distribution centers that we own, and in other buildings where market conditions and landlord partnerships enable projects. In the U.S., specific efforts include solar panels installed on the roofs of select stores in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and California and distribution centers in Arizona, Connecticut, and Nevada. We have seen positive results at our distribution centers in Phoenix and Tucson, where solar panels power about 35% and 20%, respectively, of the distribution center’s electricity consumption saving significant energy and an estimated $550,000 each year. We have also designed the roofs on our newer distribution centers to accommodate solar panels and have evaluated the potential for future use of solar panel installations at distribution centers and home offices. We believe these efforts position us well to expand our solar projects where it makes sense for the business in the future.

    In Canada, in 2019, we purchased renewable energy credits that reduced our Canadian electricity-related emissions by 87%. In Europe, our processing centers in Bergheim, Germany and Wroclaw, Poland utilize onsite energy generated through solar and geothermal technologies. In Ireland and Northern Ireland, we bought 100% renewable energy, and we have committed to significant renewable energy purchases in the U.K. in the future.

    Carbon Offsets

    For the 2019 GHG inventory, TJX Canada purchased carbon offsets to cover its remaining operational emissions, including Scope 1 and certain Scope 3 emissions (from business travel and waste), as well as Scope 2 emissions not covered by renewable energy purchases.3 For our offset purchase, we chose a Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)-certified4 project known as the Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project, located in southeastern British Columbia. The project provides multiple conservation benefits, including protecting over 150,000 acres of forest and ensuring that natural habitats for wildlife are not disrupted.

  • U.S. Highlights

    In the U.S., members of our Energy Management team work with our Store Design teams, Distribution Center teams, vendors, and many others to review opportunities to increase our energy efficiency for new and existing facilities. For our large and diverse real estate portfolio nationwide, we analyze store energy data, survey responses, and feedback to identify energy consumption outliers and then work to deploy the appropriate solutions to improve the operations of our buildings, increase people’s comfort, and save energy. Our U.S. Energy Management team works with the goal of reducing energy and emissions in these key ways:

    Additionally, our Energy Management teams work with our Environmental Sustainability team to collect data for our annual GHG emissions inventory, as well as plan for how we may work to achieve our emissions reduction targets through energy reduction initiatives. This collaboration significantly improved our ability to report our previous GHG emissions reduction target, which we were pleased to not just meet, but to significantly exceed. The teams were also key in developing the strategies and plans for our 2020 science-based, emissions-reduction target.

  • Canada Highlights

    In Canada, we take a collaborative approach to our energy portfolio, with stakeholders from Store Design and Construction, Maintenance, Finance, and Environmental Sustainability working together to decrease energy consumption and carbon emissions. The team focuses on:

    In 2019, TJX Canada implemented technologies, like LED lighting and new energy control panels in over 80 stores. Our continued year-over-year efforts have reduced Canada’s carbon footprint by 6% and saved us over $1.6 million in energy costs.

    We are proud to report that in 2019, Canada was carbon neutral for its reported Scope 1, 2, and 3 operations for its second year in a row. The regional team purchased renewable energy credits as well as carbon offsets to support this strategy. Renewable energy credits made from Canadian wind farms served to reduce Canada’s total market-based emissions by 47%. The remaining 53% used carbon offsets sourced from the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project.

    Through its ambitious regional energy and climate strategy, TJX Canada avoided or offset nearly 43,000 metric tons of CO2e calculated for its 2019 GHG inventory. This has the estimated environmental impact of taking over 9,200 cars off the road for a year or the estimated carbon stored by over 56,000 acres of trees.

  • Europe Highlights

    In Europe, our Energy and Environment Committee is responsible for setting regional environmental sustainability goals, approving implementation strategies, reviewing program progress, and assessing the viability of future opportunities. It is comprised of senior individuals from across the business, including Corporate Responsibility, Store Operations, Property, Distribution, Facilities, Finance, Store Design, and Procurement as well as external expert consultants. At the operations level, we also have an Environmental and Energy Management Committee, comprised of internal Associates and an external energy management specialist, which has developed a comprehensive, multi-year plan with the goal of improving our energy performance.

    TJX Europe's initiatives include:

    In 2019, the European team completed LED lighting retrofits and remodel projects that resulted in lowered energy consumption overall across our European real estate portfolio. These efforts resulted in about a 13% reduction in energy intensity (kilowatt hours per square foot) and helped to reduce our GHG emissions by about 5,300 metric tons of CO2e. In addition to contributing to TJX’s global emissions reduction goal, TJX Europe has a regional goal to reduce its relative carbon footprint (tCO2e) per million pounds of net sales by 15% from fiscal 2017 to fiscal 2020. As a result of these and other initiatives that contribute to TJX Europe’s regional energy and climate strategy, TJX Europe exceeded that regional carbon reduction target early and achieved a more than 45% reduction in CO2 per million pounds of net sales over the 3-year goal period.

1Includes 2019 Scope 1 (direct) and Scope 2 (indirect) GHG emissions.
2Carbon offsets are certificates that can be traded. The certificate represents a reduction in GHG emissions created by a project, like, for example, planting acres of trees. Companies can purchase these certificates to “offset” an increase in GHG emissions in their operations.
3As defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Scope 1 emissions are direct GHG emissions that occur from sources that are owned or controlled by the company. Scope 2 emissions are from the generation of purchased energy consumed by the company. Scope 3 emissions are a consequence of the activities of the company, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the company. Canada’s GHG Inventory includes Scope 1 and Scope 2 as well as Scope 3 business travel and waste from operations.
4Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is a widely used, voluntary program for the certification of GHG emission reduction projects.