We recognize that climate change is a significant global issue. The company is taking steps to reduce our energy use and GHG emissions. By 2020, our target was to reduce North American Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions intensity per revenue by 33 percent. The goal was designed to be achievable, yet challenge our operations to identify innovative ways to operate more efficiently. We met our target in 2018, two years ahead of our goal. We are currently in the process of setting a new target, which will launch in 2020
From increasing efficiency within our operations to providing customers with environmentally preferred solutions that meet the highest level of product stewardship, Grainger serves as a responsible and sustainable partner. Grainger has participated in the Carbon Disclosure Project since 2009, providing detail on business risks and opportunities related to climate change. In 2012, we became the first industrial distributor to publicly disclose its carbon footprint. We also partner with several other third-party sustainability organizations, such as the GreenBiz Executive Network, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Smartway® program, UL, Inc. and the U.S. Green Building Council to help us align our environmental investments with our stakeholders’ expectations.
Learn more in our 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility Update.