Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, has asked their over 100,000 suppliers to reduce 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2015–the emissions reductions are equivalent to removing some 3.8 million cars from the road for one year. Wal-Mart plans to meet their goal by focusing on the products with some of the highest carbon footprints, like milk and meat products. Like many retail stores, most of the carbon emissions that Wal-Mart is responsbile for are not generated within the four walls of their stores: they orgininate from the manufaturing and shipping of the products, long before they reach Wal-Mart’s shelves. By requiring emissions reductions from their suppliers, Wal-Mart is tackling the biggest component of their carbon footprint. Wal-Mart is working with those suppliers to reduce emissions and will jointly account for the reductions. This means that suppliers need to assess and track emissions accurately, reliably and verifiablly. To ensure methodology, completeness and correct calculations of emissions assessments quality assurance checks will be performed at all levels of the supply chain. To learn how Carbonfund.org can help your business manage and reduce the carbon emissions associated with your products, contact us today.