The Home Depot Expects Battery-Powered Products Will Represent Over 85% of Lawn Equipment by 2028

Jennifer Guhl
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The Home Depot expects more than 85% of U.S. and Canada’s outdoor power equipment sales to run on rechargeable battery technology instead of gas by the end of 2028, according to a company statement. 

As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, this pivot to rechargeable technology will reduce over 2,000,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually. It will include outdoor power equipment, including push lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers.

The Home Depot will offer tools from leading brands committed to building rechargeable devices, including Milwaukee, Makita, DeWalt, and Ryobi. These brands are designing these tools to deliver the power customers expect while incorporating noise reduction, decreased maintenance, and easier startups into the products.

Industry data shows that using a gas-powered lawn mower for an hour creates as much air pollution as driving 300 miles in an average car, and an hour of using a gas leaf blower causes the same emissions as a 1,100-mile drive from Los Angeles to Denver.

The Home Depot feels that providing customers with products that reduce their carbon footprint is their most significant opportunity to create change toward its current sustainability goals. The Home Depot is a member of RE100 and has committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2030.

The company is also amid a multi-year effort to reduce virgin plastic in its products. Working with their suppliers, in 2020, over 200 products were redesigned to reduce single-use plastics, while in 2019, more than 1,000 products were created using less virgin plastic. 

"By innovating residential lawn equipment away from gas-powered combustible engines, we can help make our neighborhoods cleaner and quieter," said Ron Jarvis, chief sustainability officer for The Home Depot. "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."

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