Collaborating for Change

Collaborating for change Addressing greenhouse gas emissions

Climate change affects all of us, and we feel an urgency to act both alongside others and on our own to bring about the greatest possible change. Since 2007, for example, we have been actively engaged with Ceres, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing the business community to build a sustainable economy.

We are a member of Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition, a group of more than 20 public and private companies – including Nike, Levi Strauss, Starbucks and eBay – seeking to help pass meaningful energy and climate change legislation. To underscore the urgency of finding solutions to climate issues, we signed the BICEP/Ceres Climate Declaration in 2014. Along with more than a thousand companies and individuals across the U.S., we lent our voice to the message that, “Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.

“Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.” – BICEP/Ceres Climate Declaration

We began working to reduce our own carbon footprint in 2003, with an initial goal to decrease our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 11 percent per square foot between 2003 and 2008 in our U.S. operations. After exceeding that goal, with a 20 percent reduction per square foot, we committed to reduce our absolute GHG emissions in our U.S. operations by 20 percent by 2015. We are pleased that we exceeded this goal ahead of schedule, achieving a 33 percent reduction.

We have seen how working across Gap Inc. is a critical component to making progress. Our Sustainable Building and Operations Working Group plays a key part in developing and executing our reduction plan by bringing together leaders from approximately 20 cross-functional departments at Gap Inc., including our brands, construction, real estate, operations, and supply chain. In addition, our Environmental Council, sponsored by a member of Gap Inc.’s senior leadership, reviews our progress and considers new initiatives. These groups will continue to play an important role as we work to achieve our most ambitious goal yet – reducing our absolute GHG emissions from our U.S. operations by 50 percent by the end of 2020.


The chart below shows the continuous improvement in absolute GHG emissions in the U.S. and first year of global data for 2014 for our owned and operated facilities.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) for Owned & Operated Facilities

2011 2012 2013 2014
Total emissions (Scope 1 & 2) 486,874 444,045 422,272 407,454 499,859
Reduction rate vs. 2008 -20.8% -27.8% -31.3% -33.6% N/A
Scope 1 GHG emissions  23,867  18,474 25,024  26,293   31,275
Headquarters 1,842 1,589 1,855 1,739 1,780
Distribution centers 4,791 4,728 5,362 5,328 6,118
Stores 17,235 12,157 17,807 19,226 23,378
Scope 2 GHG emissions  463,006  425,571 397,248  381,161  468,584 
Headquarters 15,614 13,214 18,850 18,308 23,116
Distribution centers 52,598 48,843 45,319 39,208 41,178
Stores 394,795 363,515 333,080 323,646 404,290