Giant Eagle targets net-zero carbon emissions

Plan includes $100 million investment over the next decade


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Jul 14, 2021


Regional grocer Giant Eagle aims to reduce its climate impact by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.


In announcing the plan late yesterday, Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle said it has set an initial target of 50% carbon dioxide reduction by 2030. The company noted that its net-zero carbon emissions objective includes the electricity, refrigerant and fuel used to operates its stores, retail support centers and corporate offices as well as the energy to move goods and people with its truck fleet.


Citing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, Giant Eagle reported that the average supermarket annually emits the equivalent of 6.4 million pounds of carbon dioxide through refrigerants and electricity consumption, equal to emissions from 635,000 passenger vehicles in a year. As a result, net-zero emissions would translate to a significant carbon reduction by Giant Eagle, which operates 474 grocery and convenience stores, including more than 200 supermarkets, across western Pennsylvania, north central Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.


“Our future generations deserve a healthy planet and reducing our impact on the climate is a critical way we can make good on this obligation,” Giant Eagle President and CEO Laura Shapira Karet said in a statement...