Office Depot, a global provider of office supplies and services, announced that it has been honored with a Climate Leadership Goal Achievement Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate & Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry.
The awards were presented to recognize and encourage exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change.
"I commend Office Depot for its exemplary commitment and dedication to tackling the challenge of climate change," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation. "Office Depot and all our Climate Leadership Award winners are reducing harmful carbon pollution, increasing efficiency and cutting waste at the same time."
Office Depot said the award honors organizations that publicly report and verify greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and achieve aggressive reduction goals. In 2010, in collaboration with EPA's former Climate Leaders program, Office Depot adopted a goal of reducing U.S. GHG emissions by 20 percent by 2012, with 2007 as a baseline year. By the end of 2011, Office Depot had achieved a 29 percent reduction in the U.S. versus its baseline year.
Office Depot has chosen to make numerous energy efficiency investments, including but not limited to:
De-lamping one out of every three bulbs in tens of thousands of fixtures across more than 1,000 stores, while maintaining similar light output by adding reflectors above the remaining two bulbs
· Installing motion detectors in warehouses, stores and business offices
· Upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
· Using "Big Ass Fans" in select locations to affect air conditioning requirements
· Participating in load shedding programs with utilities in numerous jurisdictions
· Centrally controlling energy across the U.S. with an Energy Management System
In addition to helping achieve its carbon reduction goal one year ahead of schedule, these efforts helped Office Depot achieve the following results:
· An 84 percent internal rate of return from the $8 million de-lamping/reflectors project
· A reduction in electricity use across all stores in North America from 625,000 MWh in 2007 to 433,000 MWh in 2011 — a drop of 31 percent, while facilities under management dropped just 8 percent
· A reduction in electricity costs across all stores in North America from $56 million in 2007 to $46 million in 2011
· A reduction in natural gas use across all stores in North America from 361,000 mmBTUs in 2007 to 326,000 mmBTUs in 2011
Office Depot provides office supplies and services.