The Kroger Co. has won the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy’s Energy Star Partner of the Year award for its commitment to energy reduction.

Cincinnati-based Kroger will be honored for its achievements at an April 20 ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Kroger’s energy reduction accomplishments include:

  • Earning more Energy Star building certifications than any other commercial entity by certifying 320 grocery stores in 2017, bringing the total number of stores certified to 793 since 2011.
  • Achieving an average Energy Star score of 70 across 1,933 facilities totaling nearly 128 million square feet.
  • Saving 48.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity by installing more than 3.8 million LED lamps.
  • Raising the awareness of the Energy Star label to nine million customers every day through Energy Star store certification labels and Energy Star labeled product sales.

"Kroger is proud to receive this recognition from Energy Star. It validates the ongoing work our associates are doing to reduce our impact on the environment by using natural resources responsibly and minimizing waste in our operations," says Keith Oliver, Kroger's vice president of facility engineering. "Kroger's long-term goal is to reduce cumulative energy consumption—in the form of electricity—in our stores by 40 percent by 2020.”