Project Gigaton helps reduce 93 million metric tons of emissions


Global retailer Walmart has avoided more than 93 million metric tons of emissions in the first two years of the firm’s Project Gigaton.

The retailer has to date partnered with 1,000 organisations including GE to avoid the emission of 1 billion metric tons across its global value chains by 2030.

Project Gigaton includes Walmart powering its stores with 100% renewable energy and employing energy efficiency alternatives to reduce consumption and costs.

The retailer has set a target to power 50% of its operations with renewable energy by the end of 2025

In 2018, Walmart has completed contracts for 136 new solar and wind projects, which will supply the company an additional estimated 2.14 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually – the equivalent electricity usage of over 260,000 homes in a year.

The retailer has also expanded the number of electric vehicle charging stations available at retail locations across 29 states.

Kathleen McLaughlin, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart Inc, said: “We are encouraged by the engagement of our suppliers in Project Gigaton.

“To achieve our ambitious climate goals, we aim to expand and deepen that engagement. The progress to date shows how companies can contribute to climate action through practical actions all along the product supply chain. Ultimately, building sustainable supply chains requires collective action from everyone – not only our associates and suppliers, but customers, business in general, and civil society. We are excited to be part of the solution.”