We’re celebrating Earth Day with a little math

Break out your calculator to feel the weight of these zeroes because according to the International System of Units, the prefix “giga” means 109, or one billion (1,000,000,000), therefore a gigaton is equivalent to a billion metric tons.

Why are we “mathing” on a Saturday? Because earlier this week during Walmart’s annual Milestone Summit (Walmart is our parent company), we launched a sustainability platform inviting suppliers to join us in committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from their operations and supply chains.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by how much you ask?

A gigaton, that’s right!

Project Gigaton is an initiative that provides an emissions reduction toolkit to a broad network of suppliers seeking to eliminate one gigaton of emissions, focusing on areas such as manufacturing, materials and use of products by 2030.

More math: That’s the equivalent to taking more than 211 million passenger vehicles off of U.S. roads and highways for a year.

Walmart is the first retailer with a verified science-based target emissions-reduction plan. Pretty cool and nothing nerdy about that, huh?

Project Gigaton is part of a series of Walmart sustainability initiatives, focused on addressing social and environmental issues in ways that help communities while also strengthening business.

So consider this, the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 1970 there were only 89,243,557 passenger vehicles on the road. Through Project Gigaton the efforts will be similar to removing 2x’s the number of vehicles.

To learn more: http://news.walmart.com/2017/04/19/walmart-launches-project-gigaton-to-reduce-emissions-in-companys-supply-chain

Happy Earth Day indeed!