We have been tracking the greenhouse gas emissions from our U.S facilities to monitor our progress toward our five-year, 2013 goal of a 25 percent reduction in sales-normalized emissions. Despite major investments in renewable energy at our distribution center, our new headquarters in California, and in retail store retrofits, we achieved a 21 percent reduction, short of the progress we had anticipated. As our retail facilities are responsible for 67 percent of our total measured emissions, we needed greater reductions at these facilities to meet our goal. This proved difficult at our leased stores where we do not have as much control over infrastructure. While per store emissions dropped 5.4 percent, reflecting greater energy efficiency per unit sold, these reductions fell short of those needed for our five-year goal.
In Europe we continue to make strong progress. Working with our parent company VF Corporation, we have developed sustainability guidelines for our Real Estate, Retail Construction and Operations teams, which cover our facilities in EMEA. The guidelines have been developed following the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) construction list, and touch upon different areas, such as materials, energy and waste management. Most of our retail stores use LED lighting, sustainable and locally sourced materials and light & motion sensors. At present 61% of VF’s locations in Europe are running on green energy.
As we move ahead, we will continue to pursue opportunities at owned facilities and retail retrofits, however our focus is moving increasingly toward reducing impacts in manufacturing where our greatest impacts occur.