IRVING, Texas --7-Eleven Inc. has won the Alliance to Save Energy's Built Environment award for its commitment to reducing energy consumption and improving efficiency in its convenience stores.
7-Eleven has successfully decreased electricity use in store operations by an estimated 21% over the past seven years through installing LED lighting, energy-management systems and high-efficiency HVAC units.
Similarly, the chain announced plans earlier this year to power 425 of its Texas stores with nothing but wind energy for 98 months starting June 2018.
"As the convenience retail leader, we're proud to be setting an example in maximizing energy efficiency and sustainability," said Joe DePinto, 7-Eleven president and CEO. "Over the past seven years, we've invested in capital improvements in our stores saving 458,000 megawatt hours each year and reducing our energy footprint. This is good for the environment, and it's good for our bottom line. We're committed to continuing this work, and we're honored to accept this award from the Alliance to Save Energy."
The Alliance to Save Energy has had 25 years of recognizing innovators in the energy-efficiency field and rewarding the hard work of those dedicated to saving energy. This year, winners will be recognized at a dinner on Sept. 14 in Washington, D.C. A list of winners can be viewed here.
7-Eleven Inc. is the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America.