How Walmart is Successfully Driving Scope 3 Decarbonisation

“We looked to scientists and product value chain experts, including WWF, EDF, WRI and CDP, for advice on how to estimate emissions, set a pace for reductions, identify ways to lower emissions and provide resources to build supplier capability in emissions reduction and measurement,” says McLoughlin.

Walmart was the first retailer to set a target for emissions reduction approved by Science-Based Targets initiative.

“From the beginning, we asked our suppliers to set concrete goals for emissions reduction based on science-based practical projects focused on the most relevant sources of emissions in their product value chains, such as energy use or agricultural practices.”

Walmart also designed the programme to accommodate suppliers who vary in their readiness and capability of undertaking intensive GHG reduction efforts, providing tools to help suppliers achieve their commitments.

Among these, the Gigaton PPA Program, a project run by Schneider Electric which helps suppliers including Levi Strauss & Co. and Amy’s Kitchen to procure renewable energy.

On the back of such success, Walmart is planning to improve and expand the project, McLaughlin says.

“At Walmart we like to spend a minute celebrating success and then get on with doing something even better. So, we are working to improve and expand Project Gigaton for the benefit of our customers, suppliers and the planet while staying the course toward our goal of zero operational emissions — Scopes 1 and 2 — by 2040.”

“We are assessing which elements of our Scope 3 footprint are addressable and which elements are largely outside our control, which reductions can be achieved through low-cost interventions and which ones are expensive or not feasible through today’s technology,” she said.

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