Target has continued to improve energy and carbon performance across the reporting period. Ongoing management and investment in efficiency upgrades has delivered year-on-year reductions in electricity use of 13 per cent and 15.5 per cent reduction in carbon use per metre across all stores. Key activities this year included:
- Replacement of 62,916 inefficient fluorescent tubes with LED at 53 stores
- Integration of energy efficiency systems into the new Truganina distribution centre in Victoria, which uses less than half the energy of the system it replaced
- Identification and management of energy events/issues via our Energy Centre
- Proactive management and modification of building control systems
- Benchmarking store energy use to identify and prioritise improvement opportunities
- Development of design, installation and management standards for solar panels
These results take energy and carbon reductions across stores since 2014 to 29.9 per cent (electricity) and 35.5 per cent (carbon).
Target has committed to continue the demand and cost management activities of its Energy Centre and another package of lighting upgrades that will see up to 30 stores have inefficient fluorescent tubes replaced with LED. Further demand, cost and supply initiatives are also being investigated and are expected to be completed over the coming year.