Reducing Environmental Impact
7-Eleven, Inc. (SEI) remains focused on doing its part to reduce the company’s impact on the environment. In 2017, the company continued to make progress by implementing sustainability measures that focus on energy conservation and efficiency, and other environmental benefits.
(1)Reduce CO2e emissions in stores by 20% by 2027 (2015 baseline)
(2)Shift to eco-friendly packaging for 100% of private brand products by 2027
- 2027 is SEI’s 100th anniversary.
Collaboration with External Organizations
SEI continued relationships with two organizations to help guide its environmental initiatives – Conservation International and Retail Industry Leaders Association.
Conservation International (CI), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet through science, policy and partnerships. SEI is also a member of the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s Retail Sustainability Initiative (RSI). RSI is an industrywide educational forum for the largest U.S. retailers. It brings its members together to share leading practices, identify future trends, benchmark with peers, and collaborate on common industry sustainability challenges.
Promoting Energy Saving
SEI is committed to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency. In 2018, SEI reduced its C02e emissions by 55,833 MTCO2e year over year from 2017 and by 143,528 MTCO2e from 2015. SEI has currently reduced MTCO2e by 18.2% MTCO2e per sq ft. from 2015 to 2018. This is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from approximately 30,473 passenger vehicles for one year.
LED lights are energy efficient, eliminate use of hazardous materials and comply with local regulations to reduce light pollution. They enhance the customer shopping experience and support store safety. SEI's LED lighting program is part of the company’s energy-efficient design standard and is a significant contributor to the company’s CO2 reduction goals. In 2018, the company installed LED lighting in 267 stores. As of December 31, 2017, more than 6,000 stores feature LED lighting. Stores that changed from fluorescent to LED lighting can achieve an estimated annual energy saving effect of 38,756 kWh per store.
Energy Management Systems(EMS)
SEI stores energy management systems (EMS) enable remote control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and refrigerant equipment, which yield significant energy consumption. The systems monitor, control and optimize the performance of energy-consuming equipment, and generate real-time data to perform diagnostics and optimization routines to reduce energy consumption and manage costs. In 2018, the company installed EMS in 289 stores. Currently, more than 6,200 stores have EMS installed, enabling stores to achieve an estimated energy savings effect of 16,323 kWh per store, per year.
Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
In 2018, SEI installed more than 1,025 energy efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units contributing to its store energy saving efforts. Between 2008 and 2018, more than 8,900 HVAC units have been installed, enabling stores to achieve an estimated energy savings effect of 7,000 kWh per store, per year.
Shifting Focus to Renewable Energy
In 2017, while maintaining the company’s commitment to existing energy conservation projects, 7?Eleven, Inc. turned its focus toward renewable energy. 7-Eleven signed an agreement with TXU Energy to purchase 100 percent Texas wind energy for all its Texas stores located in competitive energy markets. This wind energy agreement, which impacts 425 stores, starts in 2018, and is expected to reduce 7?Eleven’s carbon footprint by an estimated 6.7 percent while providing significant operating expense savings. With more than 10,000 wind turbines in the state, Texas ranks first in the United States for both installed and under-construction wind capacity, and is home to four of the top 10 largest wind farms in the nation.
|Number of 7?Eleven, Inc. Stores and Environmental Data Associated with Store Operations|
|Number of stores||9,372||9,317||9,387|
|GHG emissions*1,2 (market-based) (1,000t-CO2e)||1,115||1,017||961|
|CO2 emissions*1,2 (market-based) (1,000 t-CO2)||1,112||1,012||959|
|Water usage*1(1,000 m3)||11,268||16,456||11,365|
- Calculations are based on estimated electricity consumption for stores where data was not available.
- Audited by a third party
Removing Environmentally-harmful Coatings
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are fluorine coatings applied to packaging surfaces to prevent moisture or grease from leaking through and are now considered harmful to the environment. SEI proactively began replacing affected packaging with alternatives like molded fiber clamshells.
Coexisting with Local Communities (U.S.)
7?Eleven, Inc. aims to uphold its responsibilities as a good corporate citizen and contribute to local communities where it has opened stores. The Head Office and franchisees work together to promote social contribution activities. The main fields for these activities are support for youth development and military personnel.
Increase corporate giving to 1% net income by 2027
- 2027 is SEI’s 100th anniversary.
Creating fulfilling workplaces
Employees with strong abilities are vital for SEI to achieve its business goals and objectives. SEI understands the value of learning and development to build employee competencies for personal growth and to maximize employee potential.