Climate & Energy

We are committed to making our operations and our supply chain sustainable through reducing our greenhouse gas footprint which supports a more resilient and healthier environment for our guests, team members, and communities. Through our Target Forward strategy, we commit to being a net zero enterprise by 2040 to reduce climate impacts across our operations and supply chain.

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Our achievements to date

Through our bold strategy, we’re adopting renewable energy, driving energy efficiency and implementing other sustainable practices. We’re also looking to catalyze change across our value chain, inspiring our suppliers to rapidly decarbonize and help us all realize a brighter future.

In 2020, we reduced GHG emissions from our own operations (scope 1 and 2) by 26.7% from 2017. The historic challenges and unique retail needs driven by the dynamics of 2020 had an undeniable impact on the growth of our business as we met increased consumer demand. 

Our supply chain partners are joining us on that journey to expedite the work already in place to lower our collective impact, including maintaining responsible sourcing, efficiency, increasing renewable energy use and monitoring raw materials programs. Our net zero goal is ambitious, and we recognize the challenge ahead in reducing emissions while still growing our business.

Our climate policy & goals

Target acknowledges the scientific consensus that the climate is changing, that our business is contributing to that change, and that our supply chain, operations and guests will continue to be impacted by the effects of climate change.

Target’s climate policy and goals are designed to set a leadership example within the retail industry and are accompanied by internal execution strategies and management plans.

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Our goals

Since we opened our first store back in 1962, we’ve aimed to make our products and operations more sustainable for our guests. By 2040, we commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our enterprise, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. 

In the near term, our goal is to reduce absolute scope 1, 2 and 3* greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below 2017 levels by 2030. (*From retail purchased goods and services.)

Target also commits that 80% of our suppliers — by spend, covering all purchased goods and services — will set science-based reduction targets on their scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2023.

We’ve also joined the Business Ambition for 1.5 and Race to Zero to help drive meaningful change across our sector and value chain and ensure that our emissions will contribute to no more than 1.5 degree warming.

In 2019, we set and validated science-based targets for emissions reductions across our operations and our supply chain — becoming a leader in U.S. retail.

Reporting and progress

 

By 2023:

  • 80% of our suppliers — by spend, covering all purchased goods and services — will set science-based reduction targets on their scope 1 and 2 emissions.

By 2025:

  • Engage suppliers to prioritize renewable energy and collaborate on solutions that protect, sustain and restore nature.
    • Aim to have at least 50% of the energy used in strategic and joint business partner owned operations come from renewables.
    • Intend to leverage soil health practices to improve at least 1 million acres of land.
  • Source 60% of our electricity from renewable sources for our operations.

By 2030:

  • Source 100% of our electricity from renewable sources for our global operations.
  • Achieve 50% absolute reduction in operations emissions (scopes 1 & 2) from a 2017 base year.
  • Achieve 30% absolute reduction in supply chain emissions (scope 3) covering retail purchased goods and services from a 2017 base year.

By 2040:

  • Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our enterprise (scopes 1, 2 & 3).

Sustainable operations and supply chain

 

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We’re actively working to achieve our net zero targets in our owned operations by continuing to ramp up our use of renewable solar and wind power to offset energy used at our facilities, increasing the energy-efficiency of heating and lighting sources in stores, actively managing our refrigerant inventory and exploring new programs.

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With our supplier engagement program on climate, we are committed to supporting our supply chain partners through the journey of setting their science-based emission reduction targets and in driving action together, toward a low-carbon future. We take a multi-faceted approach to our emissions reduction approach focused on the highest carbon impacts. 

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Supply chain sustainability — performance improvement projects

Our performance improvement programs foster improved carbon and energy management, and this includes: 

Target is also engaged, alongside other major companies, in the Nebraska Soil Carbon Project, a five-year, $8.5 million project to support Nebraska farmers in advancing soil health techniques.

What are scopes?

Our greenhouse gas emissions are broken down into three categories, called scopes.

Scope 1: Emissions generated from Target facilities.

Scope 2: Emissions from energy we purchase to power Target facilities.

Scope 3: Emissions generated from the entire supply chain, such as the creation of the products and services we sell.

In 2018, Target joined the UNFCCC Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action alongside dozens of leading fashion brands, retailers and supplier organizations. As a member, we’ve agreed to address the climate impact of fashion across our value chain.

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Transparency

See how we measure and report on our progress using leading frameworks and standards.