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· Wal-Mart Seeks Farm Nitrogen Reductions With 1 Gigaton Emissions Goal
Wal-Mart issued a challenge to U.S. farmers on Wednesday, announcing an ambitious goal to cut carbon emissions in its supply chain by 1 gigaton, or 1 billion tons, by 2030…
· Walmart launches sustainability platform
· Walmart Wants To Cut 1 Billion Tons Of Emissions Out Of Its Supply Chain
· Dairy Farmers of America Joins Newly Launched Project Gigaton Initiative to Reduce Emissions
Wal-Mart Seeks Farm Nitrogen Reductions With 1 Gigaton Emissions Goal
By Nate Birt, Top Producer, Managing Editor
via AgWeb - April 19, 2017
Wal-Mart issued a challenge to U.S. farmers on Wednesday, announcing an ambitious goal to cut carbon emissions in its supply chain by 1 gigaton, or 1 billion tons, by 2030. The retailer says a big part of the initiative will be driven by collaboration with suppliers—and the farmers who grow and raise their ingredients—to add cover crops to farmland and optimize fertilizer applications on 76 million acres by 2025.
“When we work on areas like fertilizer in agriculture, you’re going to see later on the impact that we can make together working harder in that space,” said Laura Phillips, senior vice president of sustainability for the company, announcing Project Gigaton at its annual Milestone Summit broadcast on YouTube. “It’s good for our business, and it’s good for the environment.”
The project also aims to cut back on emissions in dairy and beef production. The retailer has received commitments from a number of suppliers with strong ties to agriculture, including:
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Walmart launches sustainability platform
By Brian Berk, Drug Store News
April 19, 2017
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Wednesday launched a sustainability platform, which invites suppliers to join the retailer in committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations and supply chains.
Dubbed “Project Gigaton,” this initiative will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030. According to Walmart, this equals the equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads and highways for a year.
“We are proud of the improvements we’ve made in reducing our own emissions, but we aim to do more. That’s why we’re working with our suppliers and others on Project Gigaton,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, SVP and chief sustainability officer for Walmart.
Walmart stated it is the first retailer with a verified science-based target emissions-reduction plan. The company aims to reduce its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18% by 2025. The retailer will also work to reduce CO2e, or carbon dioxide equivalent, emissions from upstream and downstream Scope 3 sources by one billion tons (a gigaton) between 2015 and 2030.
Project Gigaton is part of a series of Walmart sustainability initiatives, focused on addressing social and environmental issues in ways that help communities while also strengthening business. For example, by investing in solar energy, Walmart has helped to support jobs for American solar companies. Walmart has identified energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation, and product use and design as the goal areas in which to focus their Scope 3 climate efforts. Participating suppliers are encouraged to focus their commitment in one or more of these goal areas...
Walmart Wants To Cut 1 Billion Tons Of Emissions Out Of Its Supply Chain
Project Gigaton aims to help the retail giant’s vast supply chain be more sustainable. And when Walmart says jump, the companies it works with tend to ask: “how high?”
By Ben Schiller, Fast Company
For better and worse, Walmart shapes the world. The mega-retailer has 11,695 stores internationally, more than 100,000 suppliers, and its influence on local communities is undeniable. Walmart drives down prices, scares away independent stores, and very possibly costs the federal government billions of dollars. In 2013, Democrat staff on the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce looked at how Walmart stores depress wages in Wisconsin. It found that public benefit programs “make up the difference” in people’s pay packets, meaning that taxpayers are effectively subsidizing Walmart’s business. A single 300-person Supercenter costs the public $904,542 per year, it estimated.
Still, Walmart’s impact can also be positive. The retailer has invested heavily in solar energy, for example, helping to normalize renewables among major corporations. In the U.S. 350 of its more than 5,000 stores have solar panels on their roofs, the most of any retail chain. Moreover, Walmart’s commitments on climate change are putting other chains to shame. It was the first retailer with a “science-based target” for reducing carbon emissions (meaning its target is in line with what scientists say are necessary reductions to keep global warming at manageable levels). Walmart hopes to reduce its own carbon output by 18% by 2025.
And now it plans to go further than that, encouraging its top suppliers to make similar commitments. Its new initiative, called Project Gigaton, aims to cut greenhouse emissions by one billion tons across its supply chain by 2030. Which is a hell of a lot: The retailer estimates it’s the equivalent of getting 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads for an entire year...
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Dairy Farmers of America Joins Newly Launched Project Gigaton Initiative to Reduce Emissions
Source - Dairy Farmers of America
via Oklahoma Farm Report - 19 Apr 2017
Today, during Walmart’s Sustainability Milestone Summit, Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) joined the retailer and other organizations in announcing our participation in a new platform, Project Gigaton, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and supply chains one gigaton by 2030. Through Project Gigaton, a network of suppliers, companies and non-governmental organizations will submit goals and plans to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, the equivalent of taking more than 211 million passengers vehicles off of U.S. roads and highways for a year. The initiative has identified energy, agriculture, waste, packaging, deforestation and product use and design as the goal areas in which to focus emissions reduction efforts.
“We are excited to work with Walmart toward its sustainability goals, and are aligned with its vision,” said David Darr, president of farm services at DFA. “Our farmer members have a strong track record of progress and stewardship and are committed to producing safe, quality and wholesome dairy products through integrity-based, sustainable practices. We have a moral obligation to feed the world in a sustainable manner and look forward to continuing the journey as technology evolves in this area.”
DFA is committing to accelerating our work in the areas of manure management, anaerobic digestion, farm management and advanced management technologies. We see our work contributing to: