Walmart Outlines Energy Efficiency Ambitions

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US retail giant Walmart is putting the establishment of a viable food system at the top of its agenda, as it tries to balance the food needs of an expanding population with pressures of minimising environmental impact.
As Click Green reports, Walmart made the announcement at its recent Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, with the company keen to stress that it is possible to cut the cost of food in line with reducing carbon (CO2) emissions.

Walmart, which has over 11,000 stores worldwide, says that by placing more of an emphasis on energy efficiency it will, in part, have a positive impact on both worldwide sales and on local US departments, with better food offered for the health of the entire family.

The company plans to meet the goal of building a viable food system through four pillars – with reducing the "actual" cost of food, i.e. cutting greenhouse emissions, listed as the first objective.

The US retailer has taken significant steps already in tackling the matter of energy efficiency, but it says it will ramp up measures with the launch of its Climate Smart Agriculture Program.

Walmart says it will provide greater visibility of various agricultural yields such as greenhouse gas emissions and water usage while adopting best practices to promote sustainable agriculture, which will benefit both consumers and farmers.

This is anticipated to not only demonstrate Walmart's commitment to the environment, but highlight its responsibility to its customers.

This will be backed up further by other objectives, including trying to eliminate hunger by providing food for the deserving, making its food healthier, and by providing a transparent food chain.

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