As most of you are aware, sustainability and climate change are hot topics circulating the world right now. The world is moving fast, faster than it ever has before and customers now more than ever are invested in the products they are purchasing. Consumers want reliable and sustainable products that are good for the environment. Which is why Walmart’s Project Gigaton is really making headlines! Dubbed Project Gigaton, this initiative will provide an emissions reduction toolkit to a large network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030! One gigaton is the equivalent of taking 211 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year! And as of 2019 Walmart has been able to hit 23% of their goal, which is 230+ million emissions avoided. Project Gigaton is a part of a series of Walmart sustainability initiatives, focused on addressing environmental and social issues in ways that help communities while also strengthening business. Walmart’s mission for Project Gigaton is now a priority when it comes to adding new products into their stores. If you are a new supplier looking to get your foot in the door, read below on how to participate in this important movement to help boost your brand in the right direction. Here at Blue Ocean Innovative Solutions, we are committed to helping your business thrive, as well as our planet, so if you have any questions on how to be apart of this initiative, please reach out to us on our Contact Page.
How to participate:
For suppliers just getting started on their emissions reduction journey, setting a target in one or more of these six key areas would be a great place to start! Energy, Waste, Packaging, Agriculture, Forests, and Product Use are all areas to improve upon. Below are some examples of how you could start your Project Gigaton journey. Every company will differ, but setting realistic goals is the first way to succeed.
Energy Commitment Examples:
- Reduce energy intensity per square foot by 30% in all facilities.
- Source 50% of electricity from renewable energy sources.
- Work with your suppliers to have energy efficiency programs that includes target out to 2030.
Waste Commitment Examples:
- Divert 90% of waste in your operations from landfill and incineration in the U.S. and globally.
- Reduce 50% of food waste by 2030 in accordance with UN SDG 12.3.
- Work with suppliers to reduce food waste in your supply chain by 20%.
- Standardize date labels across 100% of your brands to “Best If Used By” or “Use By”.
Packaging Commitment Examples:
- Design for recyclability for 100% of packaging.
- Increase use of recycled content or bio-based materials by 20%.
- Lessen the weight of your packaging by 10%.
- Switch from corrugate containers to reusable packaging containers to reduce damages by 20%.
Agriculture Commitment Examples:
- Optimize fertilizer use in corn production using optical sensors showing nutrient use efficiency improvement of more than 20% across 1,000 acres.
- Implement animal agriculture best practices to reduce enteric and manure emissions across 2 million acres.
Forest Commitment Examples:
- Palm Oil & Paper: Source certified sustainable palm oil and/or pulp/paper/timber in your company’s supply chain.
- Beef & Soy: Use geospatial transparency tools with your suppliers and operations to help ensure that no beef supply or soy sourced from Brazil contributes to deforestation in any Brazilian, Argentinian, or Paraguayan natural forest biome.
- Complement supply chain efforts to address deforestation by engaging with stakeholders in sourcing regions with high risk of deforestation.
Product Use and Design Commitment Examples:
- Increase the use of recycled content materials in your products by 20%.
- Commit to source paper or other pulp-based products using fiber that is certified to standards that limit deforestation.
- Increase your products energy efficiency by 20%.
- Eliminate use of high-GWP refrigerants in your products.
Walmart’s initiative on this sustainability movement is critical to helping alleviate the overall emissions that impact our everyday lives. So stomp out that carbon footprint, and take a step in the GREEN direction!