To support partners in the Better Climate Challenge, DOE will provide free technical assistance from agency and national lab staff, offer peer-to-peer learning opportunities and targeted resources, and will give national recognition to leaders in the program. DOE will officially announce the inaugural cohort of partners in the Better Climate Challenge in a virtual launch event on February 28th, which will feature White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm.
This new program from DOE builds on over a decade of the successes of partners participating in the Better Buildings Initiative, including 60+ retail partners that have prioritized energy efficiency throughout their involvement in DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge and Better Buildings Alliance.
One such Better Buildings Initiative partner and RILA member, Kohl’s, has already stepped up as the first retail partner in the Better Climate Challenge. By joining the new program, Kohl’s committed to reduce its scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 50% by 2025 while continuing to pursue a goal of 30% improvement in energy use intensity across its building portfolio. The company will work to achieve its goals by increasing renewable energy use, implementing lighting and HVAC upgrades, and following ENERGY STAR® and LEED® certified building guidelines.
We are excited to work with new and existing retail leaders in the Better Climate Challenge. We know many retail companies are striving to make real, lasting impacts with their energy efficiency and sustainability efforts, and this new program from DOE presents a unique opportunity to set and achieve ambitious carbon reduction goals.
- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency
- U.S. Department of Energy
Retail Compliance Center
Sustainability & Environment