We are committed to preserving our shared home, Earth, through sustainable practices while doing the right thing: acting responsibly, ethically and being transparent.
Reducing Our Environmental Footprint
We strive to reduce our environmental impact and generate cost savings by responsibly managing all of our home improvement and hardware stores across the globe. Through energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, environmentally-friendly transportation practices, and innovative water management systems, we are committed to further reducing our environmental footprint even as our business grows.
How we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations.
Improve store energy efficiency 13% per square foot by 2020
Reduce tons of waste per net sales by 40% by 2020
Reduce store carbon emissions 20% per square foot by 2020
We practice principles-based decision making at Lowe’s, which is why we’ve been leading the charge in operational excellence for generations.
Energy & Carbon Footprint
We track both energy and emissions on a store-selling-area basis, which provides us with useful intensity metrics to measure efficiency improvements over time. We annually report energy and emissions data to the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) and are committed to transparency and improving data collection across our business.
For the last four years, we have taken the additional step of having our greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting verified by a third party to ensure transparency and accuracy.
At Lowe’s, we are focused on finding new end-uses for the waste that is generated from our operations, while working with our suppliers to reduce the waste coming in.
By developing new recycling campaigns, reducing packaging, and driving out unnecessary waste throughout the supply chain, we can reduce our resource consumption while feeding valuable materials back into the value chain.
Water is essential to life and considered by many to be the most valuable resource on Earth. With several U.S. states experiencing ongoing drought conditions, we’re constantly mindful of, and committed to, responsible water use. We manage our water resources efficiently throughout our operations, and help customers use water responsibly. From advanced irrigation systems to innovative water practices in our garden centers, we are constantly working to reduce our water consumption.
See how else we're helping people love where they live
As a retailer, most of our impact on the world is driven by the products we sell. Through sustainable sourcing, ensuring the safety of our products, and helping our customers and employees live greener, we are committed to reducing this impact
to protect our common home: Earth.
Our purpose is to help people love where they live. That extends beyond the home and into the community. Whether through taking care of employees and their families, volunteering, donating, or encouraging diversity and inclusion, we have a major role to play in our communities.