Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!
HOME
EDITOR'S BLOG
FEATURE ARTICLES
GET STARTED

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit http://www.lorman.com/training/CaliforniaGreenSolutions for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > By DEPARTMENTS > Green Manufacturing > Manufacturing Management > Supply Chain for Green Manufacturing

Wal-Mart Measures Supply Chain Greenhouse Gases

Wal-Mart undertakes measurement of their supply chain energy use and greenhouse gas impact...follow the saga.

Find green business solutions
green globe with glasses

Wal-Mart's Supply Chain Initiative Grows Beyond Prototypes The following news story points out the complexity and high value of working with a company's supply chain to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The job isn't easy. It requires cooperation. And it pays to start on "small items" to work out the kinks of the process. Then move on to the goliaths in one's footprint. And it pays to build momentum slowly as the science and team member capacity catches up with the plan.

Wal-Mart leaders are now educated about green processes and they are gaining skills, confidence and a good team in their babysteps. Each project seems to get bigger. That's a good thing. They certainly have a long road to travel and travel is getting more problematic! But they have the size to make a real difference across the globe.

As this article points out, Wal-Mart's impact is larger than a number of countries...combined. Their internal governance has scale and does set the standard for a large portion of the communities in which they operate -- those communities just happen to be dispersed: employees and their families, vendors and their employees and families, and customers and their families. When you add up all those numbers -- their governance matters.

I grew up in Springdale, Arkansas, the town-next-door to Wal-Mart's headquarters and I have watched this giant grow through infancy, the terrible-twos, playful childhood, exuberant sexy development of adolescence...and maybe now the very real people who are part of the Wal-Mart community are striving to reach responsible adulthood. Slow though this process is, maturation beats the alternative of being an eternally adolescent bully. Carolyn

Wal-Mart Measures Supply Chain Greenhouse Gases

Sept 25, 2007 - Wal-Mart says it plans to use the Carbon Disclosure Project's expertise to help set up a new supply chain energy monitoring program with its suppliers. They are working to measure their global supply chain footprint and to encourage suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The program will measure the amount of energy used to manufacture and distribute products, and Wal-Mart will launch a pilot project with some of their suppliers to look for new ways to cut their energy use.

The effort will begin with suppliers in seven product categories: DVDs, toothpaste, soap, milk, beer, vacuum cleaners, and soda. These seven product categories wee selected in part because suppliers in those categories were willing to work with Wal-Mart and the CDP on the issue.

20 of Fox Home Entertainment's suppliers got involved to track the emissions associated with the production, manufacturing, and distribution of DVDs.

60,000 Suppliers in the Wal-Mart Supply Chain

If Wal-Mart leaders really push for change with this supply chain initiative, they have the scale, with $350 billion in annual sales and 60,000 suppliers, to make a real difference.

Once measurement is working, the question is what Wal-Mart will do with the information. Will they, people who make decisions in the Wal-Mart community, stop doing business with high-polluting companies, even if they provide the lowest-cost goods?

"It's too early to tell," says Jim Stanway, senior director of Wal-Mart's Global Supply Chain Initiatives, in an interview with MSNBC. "Significant amount of work has to be done before we reach that point where we have to decide carbon reduction standards for each category."

"We don't believe a person should have to choose between an environmentally friendly product and one they can afford to buy," he said. "We want our merchandise to be both affordable and sustainable."

For years Wal-Mart has refused to collect greenhouse gas emissions data. Last year that changed. The company began to ratchet up its green initiatives after being advised by the consulting company McKinsey & Co. that it would help Wal-Mart's image if it took a proactive stance and shaped the debate, "by becoming a role model on a significant societal issue."

Since then Wal-Mart has improved the fuel efficiency of its trucking fleet, reduced the packaging on foods, led the charge in selling more energy-efficient light bulbs, and decided to purchase its wild seafood only from fisheries that have been certified as sustainable by an independent nonprofit.

Wal-Mart has also unveiled Sustainability 360, setting a goal of one day using only renewable energy and creating zero waste, as well as challenging its suppliers, customers, and employees to do the same.

Environmenatalists' View of Wal-Mart Green Initiatives

Heather Rogers, author of Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, says that Wal-Mart's entire business model is built on environmental waste. The company, she says, sells loads of cheap, disposable goods, and emphasizes a business strategy of rapid growth, resulting in so much negative environmental impact that its latest initiatives can make only an incremental impact. "It's an aggressively growing company," she says, "and with this business model you're inevitably going to put ever greater pressure on ecosystems."

Wal-Mart certainly casts a long shadow. The company is the biggest private user of electricity in the U.S. — each of its 2,074 supercenters uses an average of 1.5 million kilowatts annually, enough by one estimate to power all of Namibia. It also has the nation's second-largest fleet of trucks that travel a billion miles a year.

By Wal-Mart's own admission, its U.S. operations were responsible for 15.3 million metric tons of carbon emissions in 2005.

"Wal-Mart hopes to cut 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2013, by making its existing stores 20 percent more efficient," says Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, an environmental group. "New stores built in 2007 alone, however, will consume enough electricity to add approximately 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. At that rate, by 2013 Wal-Mart will be offsetting its cut of 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by adding 28 million metric tons of new emissions within the same time period."

SOURCE: Read the full story at MSNBC



Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
Submit
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| climate change | greenhouse gas | retail | supply chain | governance |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
BONUS DOWNLOAD (PDF)
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

SUBSCRIBE HERE
Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center

INSTANT GREEN POLL

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe
RECENT ARTICLES
SITE NAVIGATION
ABOUT US

Related Articles

Understanding How Water Flows Affect Climate Change... Then and Now

More States are Moving Toward State Owned Banks

Free Webinar | Climate Change Adaptation Tools for Addressing Water Issues, Dec 2

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Governance
Management
Manufacturing
Operations
Facilities
Transportation
Finance
Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here

ABOUT CALIFORNIA GREEN SOLUTIONS

We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |