Walmart says it has completed its commitments to reduce 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from its global supply chain, double fleet efficiency, and expanded an existing commitment to preserve wildlife habitat.
The company made this announcement at its Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting today.
At the meeting Walmart also highlighted progress around a pledge to develop a sustainable food system: the completion of several food and nutrition commitments and receipt of an award from Partnership for a Healthier America for its work to open stores in food deserts.
In 2010, Walmart announced its goal to eliminate 20 million metric tons of GHG emissions from its global supply chain by the end of 2015. Today, the company announced that it has exceeded this commitment early by eliminating 28.2 million metric tons to date.
Collaborating with EDF, Walmart has achieved this goal by implementing various measures across both its global operations and those of suppliers, including enhanced energy efficiency, the execution of numerous renewable energy projects and collaborating with suppliers on the Sustainability Index to track progress towards reducing overall carbon footprint.
In 2005, Walmart committed to doubling the efficiency of its fleet by the end of 2015. The company says that it has achieved this goal by working with its associates to establish innovative solutions for loading, routing and driving techniques, as well as collaborating with tractor and trailer manufacturers on new technologies.
With these new efficiencies, in this fiscal year alone, the company expects to save nearly $1 billion compared to a 2005 baseline, and avoid emissions of almost 650,000 metric tons of CO2.