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Wal-Mart Takes a Giant Step to Reduce Global Carbon Footprint: What Does the Wal-Mart Sustainability Index Announcement Mean to Customers?

Wal-Mart puts forth an initiative to build a global, open database: It may be the most important effort to limit carbon exposure

-by Andy Leventhal, CEO and Founder of Planet Metrics, maker of software that helps companies visually understand their carbon emissions across the supply chain.

Read our interview with Andy Leventhal on Planet Metrics Rapid Carbon Modeling and checkout our interview with the co-founder of method, a customer using Planet Metrics today

Wal-Mart really gets it. It is almost as if they have been listening to us. Their Sustainability Index webcast had three phrases that were repeated by each senior executive taking the stage. Producers of goods and services, large retailers, automakers, and just about every manufacturing company should take their words to heart:

– Reduce cost
– Improve quality
– Understand and manage the Product Life Cycle

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Walmart Canada to Open Energy Efficient Outlets

Not too long ago Wal-Mart was slammed left, right and center by environmentalists for urging the Federal Trade Commission to steer clear from setting carbon offset guidelines. The following bit of news, however, might somewhat salvage the store’s sinking green reputation.

Walmart Canada to Open Energy Efficient Outlets

Wal-Mart Canada is set to open energy efficient stores in 2009 that will cut down energy-usage by as much as 30 per cent. The retail giant will accomplish its target by cutting down on lighting and cooling costs, building smaller stores and through innovative steps such as harnessing waste refrigerator energy towards heating up the stores.

The new stores will not only help green up the environment but also make financial sense -they are expected to save Wal-Mart $24 million over a five year period.

David Cheesewright of Wal-Mart Canada claims that the retail giant is making a concerted global effort to meet the store’s long term goals of generating zero waste, switching completely to renewables and selling eco-friendly products.

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