The United States Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Kroger Co. as an Elite Member of the Energy Star certification program, according to the retailer. Kroger asserted that it was the only grocery retailer granted Elite Member certification status, granted to organizations that earned Energy Star certification for at least 150 buildings in 2014.
Kroger stated that it has earned 649 Energy Star certifications that reflect a variety of practices to increase efficiency of power use including use of LED lights, skylights, and control systems. The retailer noted that it also engages store associates in energy savings initiatives. Since 2000, Kroger has reduced its average grocery store electricity usage by 35%, according to the company.
“Kroger is committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and our Energy Star certified buildings have delivered energy and cost savings as well as reduced our carbon footprint,” said Keith Oliver, Kroger’s vp/facility engineering. “We are pleased to help our partners at the EPA celebrate 15 years of Energy Star certifications.”