Amazon and Target aim for net-zero certification for two of their stores24. March 2022
Amazon and Target aim for net-zero certification for two of their stores
New York, 3/24/2022
The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) certificate recognizes buildings that run entirely on renewable energy and whose building materials contain less carbon, among other criteria. To earn the certification, stores must meet ILFI standards for a full year.
Amazon recently opened its Fresh grocery store in Seattle. The store features a CO2-based refrigeration system , which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 38 tons per year. It is powered entirely by renewable electricity from Amazon’s renewable energy projects. The store has lower-carbon concrete floors and free charging stations for customers’ electric cars.
Meanwhile, Target is testing its first net-zero energy location at a newly remodeled store in Vista, Calif. It has 1,800 solar panels on the carport and another 1,620 solar panels on the roof to power the entire store. Like Amazon, Target uses a carbon dioxide refrigeration system, which the company plans to introduce in all of its stores by 2040. In addition, management expects the store to generate up to 10% surplus energy each year that can be fed into the power grid.