CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA announced today that for the first time it appears on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the largest green-power purchases, ranking No. 7 on the EPA’s Top 20 Retail list and No. 30 on the National Top 50 list.
Ahold USA, which includes Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle, is purchasing more than 149 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, which is enough power to meet 7% of the organization's electricity use.
In addition to buying renewable energy certificates from 3Degrees, Ahold USA is generating green power from its on-site renewable energy systems. Green power is electricity that is generated from renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro.
“Reducing our carbon footprint is a primary tenet of Ahold USA’s main corporate responsibility priorities, which helps us minimize our impact on the environment while at the same time making operations more efficient,” said Jihad Rizkallah, vice president of store planning for Ahold USA, in a statement. “Being recognized by the EPA for our green power purchases highlights our ongoing efforts and commitment to reduce our electricity consumption and expand our renewable and clean energy portfolio.”