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Wal-Mart to carbon check suppliers

Published:  23 July, 2008

US retail giant Wal-Mart is to ask 68,000 suppliers to provide information about their emissions footprint.

Around 30 companies in seven product areas will be initiallly targeted: beer, DVDs, milk, soap, soft drinks, toothpaste and vacuum cleaners.

The full reporting from over 60,000 suppliers will be the largest single survey of carbon impact ever conducted.

According to Jim Stanway, head of global supply at Wal-Mart: "Our objective here is to find efficiencies in the supply chain."

He added: "If we remove carbon, which equates to energy, which equates to cost, we fulfil our objective of getting low prices to the customer and having a positive environmental impact."