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Walmart Canada commits to carbon-neutral last mile delivery

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Walmart Canada is taking a major step in its mission to become a regenerative company announcing it is the first major retailer in Canada to offer carbon-neutral last mile delivery for customers.

Walmart says the program will offset an estimated 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of taking over 5,000 cars off the road, in its first year. This program is part of Walmart’s global ambition to achieve zero emissions by 2040 without the use of offsets for scope 1 and 2 emissions. That company says funding carbon offsets for last-mile delivery of e-commerce purchases, including online grocery, allows the chain to make an immediate impact while working with our third-party carriers to reduce emissions along with us.

“Funding carbon offsets for last-mile delivery in our eCommerce operations is an opportunity for Walmart to make an impact today as we work towards becoming a regenerative company and eliminating emissions across our business,” explains Laurent Duray, senior vice president, ecommerce, Walmart Canada. “Minimizing the environmental impact of the last mile has been top of mind as customer behaviour has shifted towards increased reliance on our fast, easy and convenient delivery options for grocery and online orders.”

Carbon offsets allow companies and consumers to fund projects that reduce the effects of climate change, compensating for the emissions created from actions like transportation. Walmart has engaged EcoCart, a sustainability technology company, to calculate and validate the emissions created from online orders and to purchase carbon offset credits from high-quality projects in the exact dollar amount required to reduce or avoid those emissions.

Horacio Barbeito, president and CEO of Walmart Canada told Grocery Business in a recent issue that this commitment and many other related commitments are “part of Walmart Canada’s goal to become a regenerative company, one that goes beyond minimizing its footprint by working to generate benefits for the environment, and its customers and employees.”

This latest initiative supports a portfolio of Canadian-based projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The project portfolio will include initiatives that protect forests, enable composting and waste diversion, aid with refrigerant management, and turn biomass into fuel. These Walmart-supported projects will also ensure they benefit the communities as part of their scope with key economic and environmental elements such as providing jobs, education opportunities, or protecting endangered species and biodiversity.

Walmart says it  is committed to achieving zero emissions by 2040, without the use of offsets, for scope 1 and 2 emissions, and has already adopted a series of changes to support this goal, including:

  • Joining Project Gigaton, introduced in 2019, a global Walmart effort that invites suppliers to reduce emissions from global supply chain. So far, 590 of Walmart Canada’s suppliers have made Project Gigaton commitments across six pillars: energy, waste, packaging, transportation, nature, and product use and design.
  • 100 per cent of Walmart Canada’s fleet will be alternatively-powered by 2028. Walmart has made one of the country’s largest reservations of Tesla Semi Trucks, with 130 expected.

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