Walmart pledges to slash supply chain greenhouse gas emission by 1B tons

Walmart recently launched Project Gigaton — an initiative focused on making its supply chain more environmentally-friendly, reports Logistics Management.

Project Gigaton's main goal is to eliminate 1 gigaton — or 1 billion tons — of greenhouse gas emissions from its supply chain by 2030, which is the equivalent of removing more than 211 million cars off U.S. roads and highways for a year, according to Walmart.

The retailer will collaborate with its suppliers to implement more sustainable manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030, according to the report. Walmart is also partnering with organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund and Environmental Defense Fund to develop an emissions toolkit, which highlights why suppliers should join Project Gigaton.

"[I]integrating sustainable practices into our operations improves business performance, spurs technological innovation, inspires brand loyalty and boosts employee engagement," Laura Phillips, senior vice president of sustainability for Walmart, said in a statement. "By working [with suppliers] on such an ambitious goal, we can accelerate progress within our respective companies and deep in our shared supply chains."

The initiative follows Walmart's November 2016 announcement to achieve an 18 percent reduction in GHG emissions by 2025.

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