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United Airlines targets 50 pct cut in greenhouse gas emissions

United Airlines said on Thursday it has set a goal to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent over the next few decades to help reduce its carbon footprint and its dependence on fossil fuels. The third-largest U.S. air carrier will invest more than $2 billion a year in more fuel-efficient aircraft, expanding its use of low-carbon biofuels in daily flights and implementing ways to better conserve fuel. "This is not only good for the environment but guards against oil price instability," Aaron Stash, a United manager of environmental strategy and sustainability, told reporters. Fuel costs account for a major portion of airlines' expenses, and rising oil prices over the past year have eaten in to industry profits, sending carriers scrambling to mitigate the impact.

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Remarkable initiative by United Airlines! Best practice for emissions policies is to communicate clear principles and objectives for the reduction of GHG emissions in qualitative and quantitative terms, reporting of Key performance indicators (KPIs) can have an even stronger, positive impact on a suppliers’ scorecard.

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Weis Markets embraces sustainability trend

Weis Markets embraces sustainability trend | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Weis Markets is trying to stay ahead of sustainability trends in food retail. Weis Markets has just opened a new store in Randolph, N.J., that was built with multiple sustainability measures, including the company’s first CO2 refrigeration system, which significantly reduces its carbon footprint and overall energy use. The company also incorporated LED lighting to reduce electrical needs; low-flow devices to support water conservation efforts; energy control through demand response programs to reduce power usage during peak days and to reduce the store’s load on the power grid; and enclosed refrigeration cases to reduce energy use as well as advanced refrigeration technologies to reduce refrigerant use by 60 percent when compared to conventional systems.

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Whether it involves carbon emissions, waste management, electricity consumption, or other business activities impacting environmental aspects, eco-innovation can provide a great path for easier, more widespread, cost-effective ways to minimize companies’ environmental footprint. 

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Walmart Canada planning to use all alternative-power semis

Walmart Canada planning to use all alternative-power semis | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Walmart Canada is hoping to reduce its carbon footprint and taking a big step in the right direction, but it could be a while before that’s visible in Cornwall. The company recently announced it was planning on making its whole fleet of trucks powered by alternative power by 2028. The move makes Walmart Canada the company with the largest electrified fleet in Canada and reaches an initial milestone to convert 20 per cent of its fleet to electric power by 2022. “We are always looking for innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and lead the industry in the drive for sustainable change,” said John Bayliss, senior vice-president, logistics and supply chain in a press release. “By converting 20 per cent of our fleet to electric vehicles by 2022 and committing to alternative power for all fleet vehicles by 2028, we are putting safety, innovation and sustainability at the forefront of our logistics network.”

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Great initiative by Walmart in order to be more sustainable. There are multiple international and European initiatives looking to curb carbon emissions, including the Paris Agreements and European Council’s commitment to a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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