The report also said the company will “prioritize opportunities that extend the life of a product” and help customers find sustainable products by adding an additional 5,000 product pages to the macys.com sustainability sitelet, which will include all product categories in Macy’s digital assortment.
The retailer’s greatest opportunity for energy reduction is with lighting. Since 2010, Macy’s has reduced total energy consumption by more than 17.8 percent through LED lighting retrofits at many of its locations.
On solar power, the report stated: “We have more than 100 active solar sites nationwide and approximately 65 million kilowatt hours were produced in 2020, offsetting 46,000 metric tons of CO2e,” which includes CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. “We actively continue to evaluate future solar projects and renewable opportunities across the company.”
Through a partnership with Volta Charging, Macy’s has free electric vehicle charging stations at 37 store locations, which last year powered about 1. 7 million electric miles and avoided 763,482 pounds of CO2 emissions.
The retailer also wants to increase in-store recycling rates to 80 percent, and is adopting new policies on cotton, synthetic and wood-based materials that support achieving 100 percent preferred materials in private brands by 2030.