Sprouts recognizes the impact that climate has within our supply chain and effects on our stores in terms of the occurrence and intensity of climate related weather events. We continually monitor and evaluate risks to our business stemming from climate change and are in the process of developing plans to mitigate some of these effects. Over the next year, we expect to commit to setting a science-based target for carbon reduction, along with aligning our climate goals with the framework of the Task Force on Climate Financial Disclosure (“TFCD”).
Within our operations, we have invested in green building practices and efficiency efforts to minimize the resources used in our stores and supply chain. Each store is connected to a centralized environmental management system which tracks performance and ensures they are running efficiently. We are always seeking opportunities to conserve energy and other resources in our operations. Our standard practices include:
We are transitioning to lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants and designing refrigeration systems to
reduce leak rates.
Our stores are built using green building and design practices similar to those of Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design (LEED) Silver.
We use night curtains, natural light harvesting, and LED lighting in stores. 29 stores were converted to LED lighting in 2020, bringing our total number of LED-lit stores to 171.
We are retro-commissioning our equipment to ensure it is running efficiently and our setpoints are on target. In 2020, we retro-commissioned 20 stores, yielding significant energy savings.
“Sprouts Farmers Market continues to be an environmental leader in the supermarket industry through exceptional refrigeration management.”
Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program, 2019
In 2009, Sprouts joined the EPA’s GreenChill program, a partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Currently, 87 Sprouts stores are GreenChill certified, with more expected as we continue to grow.
Exploring Green Technology
Sprouts Woodstock is the first grocery store in North America to utilize Second Nature™ CO2 Ejection refrigeration technology, the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly refrigeration system available in the industry. The cutting-edge technology takes up a much smaller carbon footprint, uses naturally occurring CO2 that delivers a Global Warming Potential of almost zero, saves an average of up to 10 percent energy savings each year and meets the qualifications for the EPA’s GreenChill Platinum certification.