March 1, 2010

Wal-Mart Makes Green Pledge

Lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2015

Wal-Mart just pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million metric tons (equal to taking 3.8 million cars off our roads) by focusing on the top four products with the biggest carbon footprints--bread, clothing, meat, and milk.

They will look at the entire supply chain, from their suppliers' manufacturing and transportation, to their in store sales. Asking manufacturers to reduce their packaging will be high on my list. I frequently suffer from "wrap rage" as I attempt to deal with clam shell packaging that's designed to withstand nuclear blasts.

Five years ago, Wal-Mart promised  to use only renewable energy, create zero waste, and sell more environmentally friendly products. Their suppliers responded, and they've achieved some progress toward these goals.

In addition, Wal-Mart is one of the first corporate users of the latest fuel cell technology, Bloom Energy's "Bloom Box."  But that's another posting for another day.