We’ve made significant progress in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and in improving the ingredients in our products.
With approximately 9,600 retail locations, it has never been easier to find a CVS Pharmacy store. We’re proud of our growth, but CVS Health also has a responsibility to mitigate the environmental impact of our operations. Among our Planet in Balance initiatives, we continuously measure and try to reduce our energy use, water use, GHG emissions, and waste. We’ve lowered our carbon intensity per square foot of retail space by double digits through 2015—compared to a 2010 baseline—primarily due to ongoing LED lighting upgrades and fleet efficiency initiatives. CVS Health is working to reach a 15 percent reduction goal by 2018. A commitment to integrating green building concepts in new store designs and retrofits will help us in our efforts to get there. We are also making meaningful changes to the ingredients in our store brands. In 2015, we phased out the use of microbeads in beauty and personal care products because of their role in plastic particle water pollution and moved closer to adopting the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s sourcing guidelines.
carbon reduction goal for 2018
stores underwent LED lighting retrofits in 2015, with another 1,450 scheduled for 2016