TSC Makes Commitment to Carbon Reduction
Tractor Supply Company’s Stewardship Program was launched in 2008 as a reflection of our commitment to doing the right thing for our customers and the communities we serve. Since then, we have completed a number of successful sustainability projects both in our stores and in our communities. In 2018, Tractor Supply announced it was taking an additional step by setting a goal to reduce carbon emissions from its facilities by 25 percent.
Using a 2015 emissions baseline, Tractor Supply is taking steps to reduce that number over the course of the next seven years. The emissions totals will be measured by market-based Scope 1 and 2 emissions in metric tons of carbon emissions per square foot.
“At Tractor Supply, we are continually looking for ways to minimize our impact on the environment, and we’re proud to announce our goal of reducing carbon emissions from our stores, distribution centers and Store Support Center,” said Ben Parrish, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Tractor Supply, who leads the Company’s Stewardship Program. “This goal will help us achieve our Stewardship vision of producing healthy environments, properly managing resources and promoting vibrant communities.”
Carbon emissions have been linked with many devastating environmental changes. As a growing company, we understand that our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions can have a positive impact. Many initiatives launched through the Stewardship Program have already reduced carbon output, while reducing energy costs. Tractor Supply has completed a chain-wide retrofit to convert fluorescent lighting in stores to LED lighting, which reduced energy consumption and expenses for lighting by approximately 30 percent. In 2018, construction on the Company’s newest distribution center in Frankfort, New York, was substantially completed, marking the third facility designed to LEED Silver Certification standards.
We look forward to introducing additional measures in the coming years at every level of our operations so that we may not only achieve our goal in 2025 but exceed it.