Businesses and Industries

Businesses across the state of North Carolina are working to reduce energy costs and make their companies more sustainable in order to satisfy their customers, employees and shareholders. Their commitments are helping North Carolina reduce greenhouse gas emissions and give all NC residents cleaner air and a healthy, beautiful environment.

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Companies are taking action in a range of areas, from just getting started to stretching for aspirational goals. Businesses see the benefits of their actions through:

  • cost savings
  • operational efficiency
  • corporate sustainability commitments
  • risk management
  • innovation and competitive advantages
  • new revenue streams
  • customer satisfaction
  • employee loyalty
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Commitment Area SustainableNC Leadership Examples

Volvo: Achieved goal of 25% energy reduction 5 years early, set new goal for 2024
New Belgium Brewing: Sets internal energy tax

Energy Efficiency

Highland Brewing: Completed an energy audit of their building
IBM: Reduced energy usage 5.3%, surpassing goal of 3.5% in 2016

Renewable Energy

Fifth Third Bank : First Fortune 500 company to contract for 100% solar power
VF Corp: Goal for 100% renewable energy in operations by 2025


Bank of America: Low-Carbon Vehicle Program for employees
Lowes: Provides EV charging stations for employees in Mooresville, NC

Waste & Water

Domtar Paper Company: 4% reduction in water use at mills since 2013

Engagement & Outreach

Ingersoll Rand: Supply chain goals for waste, energy, water and CO2 emissions
Walmart: Goal to reduce value chain CO2 emissions 1 Gigaton by 2030 v. 2015

Your peers in business and partners at DEQ have an array of resources to help you succeed. Check them out here. If you have a story or resources to share, please contact Sharon Martin.

Learn more about the DEQ Corporate Partnership Initiative and how it can benefit your company on our Fact Sheet

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Interested in helping NC reduce environmental impacts and achieve its goal to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 40%? 

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