Our EPP portfolio of nearly 100,000 products comprises one of the largest green SKU counts in the industrial distribution market, providing more ways for our customers to reduce energy consumption, conserve water, reduce waste and improve indoor air quality.
Products in our EPP portfolio are designated by a green leaf on Grainger.com®, and fall into two categories—those certified by independent organizations and those that have “green environmental attributes.” A certification acts as a stamp of approval that a product has met certain environmental standards such as energy efficiency (ENERGY STAR®) or low toxicity (Green Seal®). Attributes are environmental qualities or features tied to a specific product. We ask our suppliers to provide these attributes or certifications, and our external partner, UL LLC (formerly Underwriters Laboratories), verifies the viability of the description of the product.
In 2019, EPP sales totaled more than $675 million, a 13 percent increase from 2018. Program growth is driven by increased customer demand for EPP products, as well as updates to the information we share about products and how those products can help customers with their sustainability goals.
Sustainability Services Grainger has offered a portfolio of sustainability-related services since 2015. We work with our network of partners to provide a range of sustainability services including site audits, payback analysis, utility rebate assistance, and recycling of replaced product.
We produce a sustainability sales guide for our account managers and customer service professionals to improve offer awareness, and we also offer a sustainability course as part of our first-time manager training. Our objective is to bring greater value to sustainability-related customer engagements, assist customers in meeting their sustainable procurement goals, and take costs out of their business.