Retail giant Wal-mart has announced massive greenhouse gas emission cuts from its global supply chain. In an effort to go green, the company will reduce 20 million metric tons of emissions by 2015. The larger goal of Wal-mart, as the company puts it, is to only use renewable energy and create zero waste.
The promised emission cuts would equal to taking off 3.8 million vehicles off from the road, for a year. To add an edge to its effort, the retailer has joined hands with Environmental Defense Fund. Most of the reduction is likely to come from better and more efficient use of energy. The reduced energy use would in turn translate into lower costs for the company, and lower prices for its products.
Apart from the emission cuts, the retailer also plans to introduce an index that will define the envrionmental impact from the products sold by Walmart. This of course, would help consumers in buying products that have minimal impact on the environment.