In 2019, 15 US retail companies emitted 12.7 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, equivalent to 1.5 million US homes, by importing the majority of their goods on fossil fuel-powered ships, concludes a report from environmental organisations Stand.earth and Pacific Environment.
Retail giants – including Walmart, Amazon and Ikea – should reduce maritime emissions by ensuring contracts with shippers require all products to travel on the cleanest ships. They should also commit to 100% zero-emission maritime supply chains by 2030, the report says.
Walmart’s sea transport produced 3.7 million metric tonnes of CO2 in 2019, equivalent to a US coal-fired power plant burning for an entire year. Ashley Furniture’s maritime emissions were 2.2 million metric tonnes of CO2, while clothing retailer Target produced two million metric tonnes, more than the world’s 20 smallest countries combined, the report says.