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Wal-Mart’s CO2 Emissions Up 8%

Wal-Mart, which is spending $500 million per year on sustainability efforts, has released a sustainability report.

CO2 emissions across all regions were up an average of 8.6 percent from 2005 to 2006 – that’s 18,776,224 to 20,388,574 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. In South America, during the same period, emissions jumped 107.6 percent – from 235,451 to 488,781 tonnes.

Direct emissions were up 11.5 percent from 5,204,542 to 5,801,302 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. Indirect emissions climbed 7.5 percent from 13,571,683 to 14,587,272 tonnes.

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The biggest direct emissions increase came from refrigerants, which were up 28 percent globally. Trucking emissions were up eight percent.

On-site combustion dropped 10 percent.

The company says it’s still developing a tool to measure waste reduction.

In an October 2005 speech titled “Twenty-First Century Leadership,” Wal-Mart committed to three large sustainability goals: to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, to create zero waste and to sell products that sustain our resources and the environment.

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