Environment

Macy’s is committed to minimizing the environmental impacts across our operations and supply chain and seek to responsibly manage the resources we consume and the waste we produce across our 727 stores and logistics network. To advance that commitment, in 2018, we introduced a number of Sustainable Stewardship Goals to be achieved by 2025, including reducing energy consumption by 10% and to increase our in-store recycling rate to 80%.

Taking Action on Climate Change

Macy’s is committed to addressing the risks of climate change to our planet. We detail in our Sustainability Report our process for reducing our carbon emissions, as well as monitoring and mitigating the risks to our operations and facilities, using the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.


Renewable Energy

We have more than 100 active solar sites nationwide and approximately 65 million kWh was produced in 2020, offsetting 46,000 metric tons of CO2e. We actively continue to evaluate future solar projects and renewable opportunities across the company.

Electric Vehicle Charging

To support our customers visiting our stores with a lower environmental impact, we have partnered with Volta Charging to offer free electric vehicle (EV) charging at 37 of our locations. In FY2020, our stations delivered 490 MWh of electricity, powering approximately 1,714,040 electric miles and avoiding 763,482 lbs of CO2.

FY 2020 Energy use (MWh) Greenhouse gas emissions (mt CO2e)
Direct energy use
(Scope 1)
208,277 36,870
Purchased electricity, heat and steam
(Scope 2)
1,044,130 367,601
Private Brands upstream transportation and distribution
(Scope 3)
16,390

Energy Management

Energy efficiency is central to our strategy. We use both building automation systems and an enterprise-wide energy management information system to continually monitor our operating performance and to detect anomalies. We benchmark our energy management using the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager online tool to measure and track our energy consumption to industry standards. Portfolio Manager enables us to compare each building’s performance against a yearly baseline, national medians or similar buildings in our portfolio.

LED Energy Savings

Energy efficiency is central to our strategy. We use both building automation systems and an enterprise-wide energy management information system to continually monitor our operating performance and to detect anomalies. We benchmark our energy management using the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager online tool to measure and track our energy consumption to industry standards. Portfolio Manager enables us to compare each building’s performance against a yearly baseline, national medians or similar buildings in our portfolio.

Retail Spaces Retrofitted Annually Energy Reduction (kilowatt-hours in millions) Energy Reduction (percent) Carbon Reduction (metric tons)*
2010 95 19.9 1% 13,400
2011 287 58 4% 41,000
2012 307 39.5 3% 27,000
2013 260 7 0.5% 4,950
2014 100 4.7 0.4% 3,300
2015 260 8.2 0.7% 5,800
2016 450 20.1 1.7% 14,200
2017 660 18 1.7% 12,700
2018 50 12.3 1.3% 8,700
2019 133 29.9 3% 21,000
2020 40 5.6 0.7% 3,969

*CO2e calculated using EPA emissions tool

Environmental Responsibility in Our Supply Chain

Responsible chemical management is integral to our product safety efforts, especially as customers increasingly seek information about product ingredients and purchase products that have been formulated without certain chemicals. Our chemical management oversight extends from product concept through customer use. The Product Integrity and Quality Assurance Group, an internal function, collaborates with product-development teams to provide guidance about potential issues related to materials or manufacturing, interfaces with offices and suppliers as needed and oversees quality and testing programs.


Product Packaging

Macy’s has adopted best practices to reduce product packaging, including standardizing the size of packing cartons and minimizing packaging materials. We also use autoboxer and auto-bagger machines that can build a package that perfectly fits odd or oversized items. This fit-to-size auto-boxing technology reduces box volume up to 50% by creating the smallest parcel needed at the lowest expense, which also helps reduce shipping costs.

Recycling in Our Facilities

In our stores, corporate offices and distribution centers, our policy is to recycle as much material as possible, including cardboard, plastic film, hangers, metal fixtures and wooden pallets. We also have an internal program to reuse, refurbish or recycle store fixtures and downstream or recycle electronics.

View Our 2020 Sustainability Report

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