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Staples' Green Initiatives

Energy efficiency and carbon footprint

With a large portfolio of facilities and vehicles, Staples recognizes the impacts of its operational energy usage and related carbon emissions. Reducing these impacts has been a cornerstone of our sustainability initiative for many years. As a result, we’ve reduced our electricity intensity by 16% and our total carbon emissions by 39% since 2010. 

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Staples energy management program is comprehensive, focusing on technological, behavioral and process-based solutions across our buildings and fleet. We leverage energy efficiency programs as well as incorporate renewable energy into our business assets — all with the aim of decreasing energy use and carbon emissions.

Additionally, we’ve taken the following measures:

  • Converting lighting to lower wattage using more efficient fixtures, lamps and ballasts, and also installing lighting motion sensors for occupancy and daylight harvesting.
  • Installing energy management systems for lighting and variable speed drives on HVAC equipment, air compressors and conveyors.
  • Participating in energy consumption demand response programs.
  • Signing the WRI Renewable Energy Buyers Principles and the American Business Act on Climate Pledge to signal our support for increasing renewable energy and reducing climate impacts.
Awards & Recognition

Awards and recognition

We’re extremely honored to be recognized for our commitment to improving the environment. Our industry leadership has enabled us to help customers better achieve their sustainability goals.

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  • Forest Stewardship Council’s Leadership Award 2017, for commitment to providing FSC-certified products to customers, as well as for helping family woodland owners attain FSC certification.
  • ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award in 2017 for Sustained Excellence for the 8th consecutive year
  • 2016 Sustainable Materials Management Electronics Challenge Champion Award for advancing responsible recycling of electronics
  • 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for the 7th consecutive year
  • Selected for inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) for 2017/2018 for the 14th consecutive year
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