Retail giant Target has unveiled a range of new sustainability commitments as part of a five-year plan for the US company.

The business plans to help its customers and staff to lead a more sustainable lifestyle, expand its selection of sustainable products, create buildings which use space more efficiently and which are more in tune with their communities, and use resources responsibly, eliminating waste and minimising its carbon footprint.

By 2016, it wants to reduce the percentage of waste sent to landfill by 15%, reduce water usage by 10% per square foot, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 10% per square foot and 20% per dollar of retail sales, earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star label for at least 75% of its buildings, and improve its transportation efficiency, inbound by 15% and outbound by 20%.

“Target has long invested in the health and sustainability of our communities by integrating rigorous programmes throughout our business that reduce our environmental impact,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target chairman, president and CEO.