Environmental Responsibility

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of December 30, 2017, Advance operated 5,054 stores and 129 Worldpac branches and employed approximately 71,000 Team Members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Company also serves 1,218 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. Additional information about the Company, including employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.


We go beyond cans and bottles by recycling stretch wrap, pallets, antifreeze and used oil filters. In 2016, we recycled approximately:

  • 5.5 million gallons of used oil
  • 127,400 tons of lead acid batteries
  • 14,800 tons of cardboard


To further reduce our carbon footprint for our long-haul fleet, we use the services of UPS, who are leaders in logistical best practices. Our agreement with UPS includes the following requirements:

  • UPS only uses new, low-emission tractors with engines that are EPA compliant
  • All UPS tractors are Smartway Certified, which means they score low on both greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions
  • Fuel is combined with diesel exhaust fluid to reduce emissions

For shipping with our own trailers, Advance has implemented the following measures:

  • Side skirts and undercarriage covers installed on all trailers to increase efficiency
  • Automatic tire inflation systems installed in all trailers to improve gas mileage
  • Lift gates are now powered with absorbed glass mat batteries, which charge during driving, and reduce idling and chance of battery acid spillage

For our store fleet, Advance now purchases 4-cylinder instead of V6 vehicles to improve fuel economy.
We have also improved loading and routing efficiency to save approximately 37,000 gallons of diesel fuel.


Over the last five years, energy usage has decreased by approximately 30% per store.  New sites are becoming more efficient year over year through many initiatives:

  • Use of high-efficiency HVAC units
  • An enterprise-wide lighting program that focuses on new construction design, retrofit applications and emerging technologies including the installation of LED lighting in over 2,200 stores resulting in an additional energy efficiencies
  • Installation of Energy Management Systems to control lighting, cooling and heating


In 2014, Advance partnered with SolarCity to install 1.17MW solar array on the roof of the Enfield, CT distribution Center.  Click here to read the project fact sheet.


The Future

We're also working to improve our Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) score. LEED certification, orchestrated by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides tangible proof of buildings built to be high-performing, efficient and safe for the environment and the community. Our store prototype is currently within four points of standard LEED, and we currently have two LEED-certified stores.