Last updated on October 21st, 2015 at 02:43 pm
Ahold USA has received a 2015 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.
Combined, Ahold USA and its four regional divisions—Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle—are using enough green power to meet 8 percent of its electricity use.
Ahold USA was one of only 11 organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase. The award recognizes EPA Green Power partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green power product, a power purchase agreement or a renewable energy certificate product.
Ahold USA businesses currently are purchasing nearly 149 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually and buying renewable energy certificates from 3Degrees. In addition, Ahold USA is generating nearly nine million kWh annually from an on-site solar energy system.
“Ahold USA and our retail divisions are committed to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, with the goals to reduce our carbon footprint 20 percent by the end of this year and to achieve zero waste companywide by 2020,” said Marissa Nelson, SVP of responsible retailing at Ahold USA.
According to the EPA, Ahold USA’s current green power use of nearly 158 million kWh is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 15,000 average American homes annually.