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Walmart is the first retailer to adopt a science-based target emissions-reduction plan, in which it aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025, as well as reducing CO2e emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigton) between 2015 and 2030.
Walmart is the first retailer to adopt a science-based target emissions-reduction plan, in which it aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025, as well as reducing CO2e emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigton) between 2015 and 2030. To achieve these goals, the retailer has rolled out a new sustainability platform which invites suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) resulting from their operations and supply chains.
The platform, dubbed Project Gigaton, was launched at Walmart’s annual Milestone Summit and will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030.
“We are proud of the improvements we’ve made in reducing our own emissions, but we aim to do more. That’s why we’re working with our suppliers and others on Project Gigaton,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior VP and Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart.
For its Scope 3 climate efforts, Walmart has identified energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation and product use and design as top priorities. Participating suppliers are encouraged to focus their commitment in one or more of these goal areas. Walmart collaborated with the World Wildlife Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund to create an emissions reduction toolkit to help suppliers make — and stick to — sustainability commitments. The toolkit highlights the business case for why suppliers should consider signing on to Project Gigaton.
“Supply chains are the new frontier of sustainability. The journey products take from source to shelf will collectively shape our planet’s future,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund. “Project Gigaton is a testament to the transformative impact that leaders of industry can have on our greatest common challenges. As more companies follow in the footsteps of Walmart and their suppliers, we can achieve the critical mass needed to address climate change. Today’s commitment represents an important step toward a safer and more prosperous future.”
In support of Project Gigaton, several Walmart suppliers made the following commitments:
Additionally, several Walmart suppliers have committed existing emissions-reduction projects to Project Gigaton:
Colgate-Palmolive Company commits to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing by 25% from 2002 to 2020, with a longer-term goal of a 50% reduction by 2050. Colgate also commits, as a way to reduce its most significant Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions, to promote water conservation awareness to 100% of its global consumers and reduce emissions associated with consumer behavior by up to 5% from 2016 to 2022, and increase the recycled content of its packaging to 50% by 2020.
**How2Recycle:**The following suppliers have committed to join and use the H2R label:
“Through the years, we’ve seen that integrating sustainable practices into our operations improves business performance, spurs technological innovation, inspires brand loyalty and boosts employee engagement,” said Laura Phillips, Senior VP of Sustainability at Walmart. “Our suppliers recognize the opportunity to realize those same benefits in their businesses. By working together on such an ambitious goal, we can accelerate progress with our respective companies and deep in our shared supply chains.”
Published Apr 19, 2017 11am EDT / 8am PDT / 4pm BST / 5pm CEST