ENERGY STAR Leaders

Petco Animal Supplies

Logo for Petco Animal Supplies San Diego, California
10% Improvement (2010)

PETCO Animal Supplies Stores Inc. (PETCO), headquartered in San Diego, CA, is a privately held specialty retailer that provides products, services, and advice that make it easier for customers to be great pet parents. Operating more than 1,000 retail stores in 50 states and the District of Columbia, PETCO incorporates environmental stewardship into the company's broader business strategy, and views energy efficiency as an integral part of its commitment to operating a sustainable business. In addition to a dedicated energy management team, PETCO has a sustainability committee made up of a cross-functional group of executives and associates who meet monthly to develop, refine and implement corporate sustainability goals.

The company has undertaken aggressive measures designed to control energy usage and create significant environmental improvements. As part of this commitment, PETCO has invested millions of dollars in energy management controls, highly efficient lighting and HVAC systems, and ENERGY STAR appliances. As a result, PETCO's total energy usage decreased from 2007 through 2009, despite the addition of 114 stores during that time. PETCO earned ENERGY STAR Leaders recognition by reducing energy consumption by more than 10% across its building portfolio. The company's efforts have prevented more than 30,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

PETCO views ENERGY STAR as an essential part of its energy management strategy. While PETCO has been an ENERGY STAR partner for many years, in 2009 the company became much more active, using the program's data management tools to further improve energy efficiency across operations. By inputting several years of energy consumption data into ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager tool, the energy management team was able to see the efficiency scores of every PETCO store, distribution center, and office building. The tool has provided valuable insight into the company's most and least efficient locations. Currently, several stores are eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR, and PETCO has been able to identify high-usage outliers and take measures to better control energy consumption. PETCO is also incorporating each store's ENERGY STAR score into their Healthy Planet, Healthy Pets awareness and outreach campaign. As part of a quarterly conservation challenge, stores compete against each other to achieve the highest ENERGY STAR score, and winning stores receive prizes, recognition, and the opportunity to share best practices.