Wal-Mart Pledges to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Wal-Mart has called on its suppliers to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million metric tons by the end of 2015. The company has teamed up with the Environmental Defense Fund to achieve its goal.

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Wal-Mart recently announced its plan to cut 20 million tons of greenhouse gases out of its production process in the next 5 years.

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In a bold move, Wal-Mart has called on its suppliers to cut 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gases out of the production process by 2015. A Wal-Mart press release said this move would have the same emission-reducing effect as taking 3.8 million cars off the road for more than a year.

Wal-Mart is teaming up with the Environmental Defense Fund to reduce its environmental impact and measure actual reductions. The EDF and Wal-Mart will work to improve the company’s practices by focusing on seven main areas: 

China: Wal-Mart aims to improve environmental practices at Chinese factories and reward suppliers that produce eco-friendly products.

Global warming: Wal-Mart wants to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 million metric tons by 2015.

Packaging: Wal-Mart will track solid waste packaging to see how changing the packaging of products might affect greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental concerns.

Production innovation: Wal-Mart will work with designers and suppliers to improve the sustainability of products.

Plastic bag waste: Wal-Mart will emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling to decrease plastic bag waste.

Sustainable agriculture: Wal-Mart says it will create a strategy to improve food production and processing that will result in better water quality and the more efficient use of water.

Toxic materials: Wal-Mart will develop a tool that it and other retailers can use to lower the amount of toxins used in products.

Watch Wal-Mart’s senior vice president of sustainability, Matt Kistler, make the announcement.