Reducing Carbon in our Supply Chain
In September 2007, we announced that we would work with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to measure energy use and emissions throughout our supply chain. This pilot program incorporated seven Walmart supplier sectors, including DVDs, toothpaste, soap, beer, milk, vacuum cleaners and soda product categories. Throughout 2008, Walmart and the CDP evaluated the pilot and are now preparing for the next phase to incorporate more product categories into the analysis. Click here to learn more about how we are helping our suppliers become more energy efficient.
In the U.K., ASDA is also working with suppliers to reduce the amount of carbon in the supply chain. In 2007, ASDA worked closely with a number of our fresh food suppliers to map the embedded carbon in their products, including eggs, milk, potatoes, lamb and chicken. As part of this work they identified "hot spots" that can be targeted to significantly reduce levels of carbon. For example, ASDA is working with 100 dairy farms to calculate their individual carbon footprint and then provide them with a toolkit to help identify and reduce embedded carbon.