As part of its global initiative for a greener supply chain, Walmart is helping its Chinese contractors cut up to 50 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade, Reuters reports.
Yesterday the US supermarket giant launched a China-specific programme to measure and restrict emissions of around 100 of its major suppliers in the country, with the aim of expanding the programme nationwide.
“We are working with out suppliers on areas such as energy efficiency, renewables, packaging, waste reduction, and thinking about areas like deforestation and improving energy efficiency,” said Walmart’s senior vice president for sustainability Laura Phillips.
The programme’s timeline conforms to the Chinese governments own plans to reduce the national carbon footprint. Authorities hope China’s carbon emissions will peak in 2030 as energy consumption shifts towards cleaner fuels.