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Fifty-three Fortune 500 Corporations Surpass EPA Green Power Goals; Intel Corporation Leads Nation as New No. 1 Purchaser

Release Date: 01/28/2008
Contact Information: Dave Ryan, 202-564-4355 / ryan.dave@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - Jananuary 28, 2008) In response to EPA’s nationwide challenge issued in December 2006, 53 Fortune 500 companies led by Intel Corporation are now collectively purchasing more than six billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. These purchases surpassed the goals set by EPA’s Green Power Partnership and equal the avoided carbon dioxide emissions of more than 570 million gallons of gasoline each year or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 670,000 average American homes annually.

“EPA applauds our Fortune 500 partners for protecting our environment by purchasing green power,” said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. “By voluntarily shifting to renewable energy, EPA’s environmental partners are proving you don’t need to wait for a signal in order to go green.”

Intel Corporation now leads the nation among EPA Green Power Partners as the top buyer with a purchase of 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours per year. PepsiCo is second, followed by Wells Fargo & Company, Whole Foods Market, The Pepsi Bottling Group, and Johnson & Johnson. Cisco Systems and Kohl’s Department Stores recently made sizable purchase increases to place them at seventh and eighth on the list, respectively. Rounding out the top ten green power purchases are Starbucks and DuPont Company.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 850 partner organizations to buy green power voluntarily as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use and to support the development of new, renewable generation resources nationwide. Overall, EPA Green Power Partners are buying more than 13 billion kWh of green power annually.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and biogas, as well as low-impact hydropower. Green power resources produce electricity with an environmental profile superior to conventional power technologies and produce no net increase to greenhouse gas emissions.

Below is the final ranking of EPA’s Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge, listed in descending order of purchase size.

RankPartner Organization
Green Power
(kilowatt–hours/year)
1
Intel Corporation
1,300,000,000
2
PepsiCo
1,105,045,154
3
Wells Fargo & Company
550,000,000
4
Whole Foods Market
509,104,786
5
The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc.
457,851,838
6
Johnson & Johnson
400,702,978
7
Cisco Systems, Inc.
373,500,000
8
Kohl's Department Stores
236,017,000
9
Starbucks
185,000,000
10
DuPont Company
180,063,500
11
Staples
121,800,000
12
IBM Corporation
110,103,000
13
Office Depot
99,529,000
14
Safeway Inc.
90,000,000
15
Sprint Nextel
87,600,000
16
Lowe's
86,000,000
17
Nike, Inc.
79,820,000
18
FedEx Kinko's
76,312,000
19
Citi
56,398,000
20
Advanced Micro Devices / Austin, TX Facilities
53,518,623
21
Hewlett-Packard
50,000,000
22
The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. / Operations
36,000,000
23 (tie)
Liz Claiborne, Inc. / NJ Corporate Headquarters
25,000,000
23 (tie)
Lockheed Martin Corporate Headquarters Buildings
25,000,000
23 (tie)
State Street Corporation
25,000,000
26
Baxter International Inc.
20,500,000
27
Applied Materials, Inc.
19,420,000
28
GE Healthcare / Headquarters
15,816,820
29
ARAMARK Parks & Resorts
15,455,000
30
General Motors / Service Parts Operations
14,050,000
31
Dell, Inc.
12,996,000
32
Macy's, Inc. West Division
10,400,000
33
State Farm / Austin Operations Center
9,651,642
34
Apple Computers / Austin, TX Facilities
9,408,700
35
The Coca-Cola Company
6,100,000
36
Oracle Corporation / Austin Facility
5,400,000
37
United Parcel Service (UPS) / 4 CA Facilities
2,949,545
38 (tie)
Pitney Bowes
2,500,000
38 (tie)
Raytheon / Aurora, CO
2,500,000
40
Roche / Palo Alto & Pleasanton Sites
2,230,997
41
Lockheed Martin / Palo Alto Facilities
1,800,000
42 (tie)
Agilent Technologies / Santa Clara location
1,608,000
42 (tie)
Yahoo! Inc. / Santa Clara Sites
1,608,000
44
Time Warner Cable - Central Texas
1,500,000
45
FedEx Express / Oakland Hub Facility
1,172,430
46
3M / Austin, TX Facilities
1,144,000
47
GE Healthcare Technologies - Surgery
840,000
48
Autoliv / Ogden Facility
711,000
49
GE Money - Corporate Payment Services
678,000
50
Monsanto / Agracetus Campus
399,000
51
John Deere Co. / Dallas, TX Facility
154,333
52
Lockheed Martin / Plant 1 - Sunnyvale, CA
80,000
53
GE Energy / Inspection & Repair Services
72,000

Today, EPA also announced an update to its other Top Partner lists, including its National Top 25 list, which includes 11 Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge partners. The U.S. Air Force moved back up to No. 3 nationally. HSBC North America jumped to the 10th spot, by recently increasing its green power purchase to 300 million kilowatt hours per year. New to the National Top 25 list are two Texas cities — the City of Dallas at No. 9 and the City of Houston at No. 12.

For added information on EPA's Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/fortune500.htm.

For added information on EPA’s National Top 25 list of green power purchasers please visit: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top25.htm.