Wal-Mart is looking at ways to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change may not cause hurricanes, but warmer ocean water can make them more powerful. Climate change may not cause rainfall, but it can increase the frequency and severity of heavy flooding. Climate change may not cause droughts, but it can make droughts longer.
Every company has a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases as quickly as it can. That's why we are working in a number of areas to reduce our Company's carbon footprint, and also working with our suppliers and customers to help them do the same. Currently, we are investing in renewable energy, increasing energy efficiency in our buildings and trucks, working with suppliers to take carbon out of products and supporting legislation in the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — including the enactment of a well-designed cap-and-trade system.
We see this as one way we can leverage our broad network of suppliers, stakeholders, associates and customers to drive sustainable change in our industry and beyond. As we do this, we are learning more and more about how to become a more responsible global retailer and about the value of sharing our learnings as we go.