When it comes to sustainability, we believe in going big and setting ambitious goals that we are committed to attaining, even if we don’t immediately know how we’ll get there.
That’s just what happened in 2005 when we vowed to be supplied by 100 percent renewable energy. We still have a long way to go, but without that big goal, we wouldn’t be pushing so hard to pilot and scale sun, wind, water, biomass and geothermal.
To date, Walmart has more than 180 renewable energy projects in operation or under development, providing us more than one billion kilowatt hours of renewable electricity annually. That is enough to power 78,000 American homes every year.
Someday, people will not have to choose between affordable electricity and renewable electricity, and experimentation and investment will determine the right technologies.
It feels good to know that the hard work and risk are recognized. This week, Fortune named Walmart one of the world’s most admired companies, saying in part:
The world’s biggest retailer is also, by many counts, the world’s greenest retailer – leading the charge in sustainability. Wal-Mart’s sheer size means every move the company makes – using environmentally friendly HP Pavilion packaging for example – has huge ripple effects.
Here’s how our sustainability journey began.