Home Depot announced today a new goal to have more than 85% of its US and Canada sales of outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers, leaf blowers and trimmers to be powered by rechargeable batteries, instead of gas.
According to the company, the transition would reduce more than 2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year, with gas-powered mowers creating as much pollution in an hour as driving 300 miles in an average car, and a gas leaf blower generating emissions similar to driving 1,100 miles.
In order to reach its goal, Home Depot said that it will offer cordless outdoor power tools from companies committed to building rechargeable tools, including Ryobi, Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt and others.
Ron Jarvis, Chief Sustainability Officer for The Home Depot, said:
“By working with our suppliers to bring innovative and sustainable products to every aisle of our store, we can help our customers create more sustainable homes and workplaces.”