Energy & Climate
L Brands, in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), established a baseline inventory in 2009 and set our greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal in June of 2010. L Brands pledged to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions for United States operations by 3 percent from 2007 to 2014. In February 2013, L Brands was recognized by the U.S. EPA at the Climate Leadership Awards event held in Washington, D.C., for achieving our greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal two years early (2012).. We are committed to continuing to reduce our total GHG emissions through projects that improve efficiency and conserve energy and fossil fuels.
Since 2007, L Brands has been participating in the CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) by completing and submitting the annual corporate climate change questionnaire, the format in which participants document the carbon generated by their activities and operations as well as their climate strategy. View L Brands' most recent response to the CDP.
In an effort to reduce our energy consumption, L Brands has been rolling out numerous energy-efficient projects which have significant energy savings and pollution reduction associated with them. Recent lighting projects have reduced our store electricity consumption in the U.S. and Canada by 22,000,000 kWh, home office electricity consumption by 12,500,000 kWh and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 26,000 metric tons (CO2e).
Our efforts in our stores:
- Since 2014, we have replaced higher wattage lamps in approximately 640 stores with lower wattage, more efficient LED lamps;
- Continuing to proactively replace HVAC units with more efficient units in stores;
- Construct new stores with more efficient lighting technology, including highly efficient LEDs.
Our efforts in home offices and distribution centers:
- In 2016, we completed multiple lighting upgrade projects in two of our Columbus, Ohio, distribution centers, reducing annual electricity consumption by more than 400,000 kWh.
- In 2015, we completed the construction of a new distribution center in New Albany, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus). We incorporated efficient design principles in the construction of the building, which allowed us to reduce the building’s annual energy consumption by approximately 1.7 million kWh, compared to baseline values.
- Between 2013 and 2015, we upgraded the exterior lighting, including walking path, roadway and parking lot lighting, at both of our main Columbus-based campuses with brighter, more efficient lighting, saving more than 260,000 kWh annually.
- In 2013, we completed the second phase of a major lighting upgrade of all of our Columbus home office locations. Combined with the first phase of the project, this lighting upgrade project reduced our annual electricity consumption by an estimated 9 million kWh.
- In 2010, L Brands' Bath & Body Works headquarters received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) under the Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EB O&M) designation. Silver certification recognizes that L Brands has gone above and beyond the requirements needed for certification including: achieving significant improvements in energy efficiency and water use; developing and implementing programs to reduce waste sent to landfill; encouraging and facilitating sustainable purchasing practices; and improving the indoor environmental quality of the building.
The movement of freight around the world requires the use of fossil fuels. The use of ocean vessels is the most fuel-efficient means of transporting merchandise from overseas. We work with freight carriers to maximize the use of ocean vessels while maintaining a fast, agile transportation network. To complement this effort, we optimize cargo space by fully loading cargo containers bound for the U.S.
L Brands is committed to:
- Utilizing the most efficient means of transportation that meets our delivery needs and schedules; and
- Utilizing highly efficient trailer stacking techniques to optimize the use of trailer space and reduce the number of trucks and amount of energy required to transport our merchandise to our distribution centers.
L Brands has been a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership program since 2006. The SmartWay program works with shippers, freight carriers and logistics companies to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution caused by the transportation of goods. Since 2013, more than 98 percent of our domestic carriers are certified by SmartWay. Certified SmartWay carriers are best-in-class carriers who leverage technology and best practices to move freight as efficiently as possible.
L Brands was awarded an Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Transport Partnership in 2007 and 2009 for its leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation and freight activities. In 2017, L Brands was named on the EPA’s inaugural list of SmartWay High Performers, recognizing efficiencies in the company’s shipping and freight operations. Only five percent of all SmartWay shippers meet the emissions and carrier selection criteria to make the SmartWay high-performer list for shippers. View the complete list of 2017 SmartWay High Performers and the criteria for recognition.
In 2009, L Brands participated with public and private entities to facilitate the development of an industrial park focused on the manufacture of personal care and beauty products. As of today, the 200-acre site is the home of 14 inter-connected personal care and beauty product vendors, including: Personal care and beauty product manufacturers, packaging component manufacturers, product fillers, packaging companies as well as a new 500,000-square-foot Bath & Body Works distribution center. By vertically integrating the entire personal care product supply chain from beginning to end, L Brands is able to shave both time (in terms of production time and transit time) as well as distance from our production process. Additionally, the reduction in the transit distance reduces the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the manufacture of our products.
In 2012, L Brands joined Ceres BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy), an advocacy coalition of businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation that will enable a rapid transition to a low-carbon, 21st century economy that will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth while stabilizing our planet's fragile climate.