BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores here Thursday announced a goal to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain by the end of 2015.
The company said its global supply chain is many times larger than its operational footprint and represents a more impactful opportunity to reduce emissions. Suppliers and Wal-Mart will jointly account for the reductions.
Wal-Mart has collaborated with the Environmental Defense Fund to develop an approach that looks at its supply chain on a global scale. Other external advisers include PricewaterhouseCoopers, ClearCarbon, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas. This team will identify projects, quantify reductions, engage suppliers and ensure proper procedures are followed for each greenhouse gas reduction claim.
“Wal-Mart’s bold move will help companies identify steps to slash pollution and costs,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund.
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