Staples, the office products company, has expanded its annual green power purchase to about 127 million kWh, which is 21% of its estimated electricity usage, making Staples the 26th largest green power purchaser in the nation. The majority of Staples’ green power purchase consists of renewable energy certificates (RECs) purchased from 3Degrees Inc., but in some areas the company also purchases bundled green energy from utilities serving regions where stores are located.
In addition to its green energy purchase, Staples also has fourteen on-site roof-top solar power systems at retail stores and distribution centers in the U.S., with a total capacity of 2.9 megawatts. Staples has a corporate goal of reaching a 7% reduction in its U.S. carbon emissions by 2010 on an absolute basis, starting from a base year of 2001. The company’s multi-faceted environmental plan incorporates its EcoEasy program, providing customers with identified eco-friendly products and technology recycling at its 1,400 retail outlets in the U.S.
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