Walmart makes progress towards sustainability goal

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Walmart makes progress towards sustainability goal

By Louisa Hallett - 10/04/2018
Walmart and GE lighting combine efforts to convert shoppers to LED.

Walmart and GE lighting partner to further Walmart’s project gigaton goals.

The two companies announced that GE Lighting has helped pave the way to shave 1.2 billion kWh of electricity use in consumer homes by converting Walmart shoppers from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs over the last two years. Not only has this shift supported Walmart’s Project Gigaton, a Walmart supplier initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by one gigaton by 2030, the shift is also leaving a measured impact on consumer’s energy expenses.

“Walmart is expanding its assortment of more-sustainable products from brands our customers love,” said Laura Phillips, Walmart’s Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability. “GE Lighting is demonstrating that innovative suppliers can deliver high-quality, sustainable products as part of the Walmart everyday low price promise.”

Launched last year in April, during Walmart’s annual Milestone Summit, the company launched a sustainability platform inviting suppliers to join Walmart in committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations and supply chains. Dubbed Project Gigaton, this initiative provides an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030. That’s the equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads and highways for a year.

“GE Lighting is proud to support Walmart’s sustainability efforts as we help consumers shift to energy-saving LEDs,” says Daraius Patell, North American Consumer Leader, GE Lighting. “Today LEDs are available for every socket in every room of the home, and while LEDs now eclipse sales of all other technologies combined, about 70 percent of residential lighting sockets still contain a non-LED bulb. This means consumers are missing out on the energy-savings and long-life of LEDs, changing bulbs out more than they need to be and missing out on opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”