American chain of department stores Macy’s is going to intensify environmental sustainability measures in the US during this year, aiming to make the company “more efficient, less wasteful and greener”, in the words of vice president Amy Hanson. Among the variety of actions that Macy’s has planned, reduction of energy consumption stays on the forefront: LED technology is being extended to replace conventional bulbs in store locations and 20 additional solar power arrays will be installed on the roofs of stores and distribution centers in various US-states in 2014 and 2015.

A second range of steps tackle lowering waste production, through the larger adoption of customer digital receipts to avoid unnecessary use of paper and the standardization of packaging cartons’ size, while also minimizing packaging materials.

In addition, announced company plans contemplate the installation of 17 more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations outside eight Macy’s stores in the Los Angeles area by late fall 2014. This installation will bring the number of EV charging stations available to customers in southern California to 33. Finally, Macy’s Private Brands (company’s product development organization) has also joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a trade organization that works to reduce the environmental footprint of the fashion industry around the world.