Walmart executives have made it known they’re serious about the company operating completely by renewable energy. Last week, it took another step toward achieving that long-term goal with its commitment to purchasing and using wind power that will supply up to 15 percent of Walmart’s total energy load in about 360 Texas stores.
The purchase means Walmart will avoid producing more than 139,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year–the equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road.
“Walmart’s action shows that low-carbon technology is increasingly competitive and long-term sustainability is a winning business strategy,” says Andrew Aulisi, director of the markets and enterprise program at the World Resources Institute. “Walmart’s smart and innovative approach should be used more widely.”
The commitment to wind energy adds to Walmart’s sustainability portfolio. Last year, Walmart announced several locations in Hawaii and California would be equipped with solar panels that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10,000 metric tons per year.
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