Staples, Inc. is the world's largest office products retailer with $27 billion in sales, serving customers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Headquartered outside Boston, Mass., Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986, and expanded when they acquired Corporate Express in July 2008. Staples has been a leader in the retail sector supporting environmental stewardship and sustainability for more than a decade. Energy efficiency is one of the pillars of "Staples Soul", and the company has made a public commitment to making a difference for its customers, associates and the planet. ENERGY STAR® has been a key component of Staples energy efficiency program, helping the company meet its goal of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and overall environmental footprint of day-to-day operations. Staples was first recognized as the EPA Green Lights Partner of the Year in 1999 (the predecessor program for ENERGY STAR), and since then, has continued to utilize ENERGY STAR benchmarking and materials to educate employees about energy efficient practices. These ongoing efforts will help the company reach its current goal to earn the ENERGY STAR for 500 facilities across the Staples portfolio by the end of 2012. Staples is proud to have reached the significant milestone of 125 facilities earning the ENERGY STAR by the end of 2010.
As of 2010, Staples has achieved an energy reduction of 11.3 percent across its portfolio of more than 1,500 retail stores and 200 distribution centers, raising its portfolio average energy performance rating from 49 to 60. This has resulted in a reduction of more than 70,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (MtCO2e) a year. Staples success in energy efficiency improvements can be traced to three main areas: 1) creating a culture of energy awareness through ENERGY STAR initiatives such as the ENERGY STAR Challenge; 2) optimizing energy systems through enhanced EMS and recommissioning programs; and 3) investing capital to keep stores, distribution centers and offices on the forefront of cost-effective lighting, HVAC and controls technologies. These energy efficiency improvements, along with renewable generation technologies, have been a key component in helping keep Staples on track to exceed its commitment to cut its absolute carbon footprint by 7 percent against a 2001 baseline by 2010, despite significant growth and acquisitions.