The global retail giant Walmart Corporation has come under fire for not addressing its “massive maritime pollution footprint” when it did not join either the Green Shipping Challenge or the First Movers Coalition in the opening days of COP27.
Climate and public health campaign Ship It Zero on Tuesday (8 November) said Walmart has again chosen not to take even basic steps to address its massive maritime pollution footprint by failing to join either the Green Shipping Challenge or the First Movers Coalition in the opening days of COP27.
The coalitions, both spearheaded by the U.S. President Joe Biden administration, seek to accelerate global collaboration to decarbonise maritime shipping.
“Walmart was spoon fed opportunities to move its products off of fossil-fueled ships here at COP, and once again, they’re failing to show up on one of the defining ocean-climate action issues of our time,” said Madeline Rose, Climate Campaign Director for Pacific Environment.
“Walmart understands the market power they have to catalyse new clean energy markets. We urge them to take initial steps to end their ocean shipping pollution, or at least be transparent with us and the public and say bluntly what’s holding them back.”
“Walmart has yet again failed to take responsibility for its massive maritime climate pollution footprint,” said Kendra Ulrich, Shipping Campaigns Director for Stand.earth.
“The First Movers Forum hosted today presented a perfect opportunity for Walmart to step up and show some climate leadership on its ocean shipping emissions, as its competitor Amazon has already done. Previous Ship It Zero research has exposed an unusually close relationship between Walmart and maritime cargo carrier CMA-CGM, who is investing heavily in liquified fossil gas (LNG) powered ships, which significantly worsens the climate disrupting emissions from its ships by 70-80% more than business as usual.”
“We urge Walmart to turn away from being one of the worst big retail maritime polluters and become an emission-free shipping champion.”
Ship It Zero previously criticised shipping and logistics player CMA CGM and urged the firm to cancel its recent orders for 10 liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual fuel vessels.
Published: 9 November, 2022
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