A recent study on shipping emissions focuses on companies like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot. According to the study, only 18 significant merchants will be responsible for 3.5 million metric tonnes of emissions from ship imports into the United States in 2021.
The 18 shops mentioned in the All Brands on Deck report by Ship It Zero, Pacific Environment, and Stand. earth were linked to the greenhouse gas emissions from bringing their products into the United States.
According to the analysis, the resulting 3.5 million metric tonnes of emissions are equal to either the emissions from 750,000 passenger automobiles or almost 400,000 residences in the United States.
The report’s list of retailers includes Walmart, Target, Home Depot, LG, Lowe’s, Ashley Furniture, Amazon, Samsung, Costco, Nike, IKEA, Williams-Sonoma, Dell, VF Corporation, Adidas, HP, Living Spaces, and H&M. The retailers cover a wide range of industries, from clothing and furniture to tech and home goods.
The research names Walmart, Target, and Home Depot as the top three shipping emitters, accounting for a combined 1.78 million metric tonnes in 2021.
In order to assess potential health effects on port populations, the paper also examined ports. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, according to the authors’ estimates, handled the majority of business imports.
Since the Ports of Seattle, Tacoma, and the Northwest Seaport Alliance are thought to import cargo with the lowest emissions, the researchers noted that ports in the Pacific Northwest might help lead the nation in building more sustainable shipping lanes.
A campaign called Ship It Zero has been started to encourage businesses to focus on zero-emissions ocean shipping. There are currently petitions available for Amazon, Target, Walmart, and IKEA. Target, Amazon, and IKEA have already committed to delivering without emitting any emissions, but Ship It Zero intends to pressure retailers to accelerate their deadlines for achieving the goals.
Walmart and Home Depot, two retailers, informed Grist that they were in the process of promoting environmentally friendly delivery options to freight partners. Also, Dell informed Grist that by the year 2050, their whole supply chain would have net-zero emissions.
Ship It Zero is urging all brands to steer clear of shipping fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), and it is urging lawmakers to adopt binding zero-emissions rules for shipping in addition to pressing shops to commit to net-zero emissions on shorter timescales.
The research hoped to persuade the largest furniture, fashion, retail, and technology companies in the world to permanently give up polluting ships and join the effort for emission-free shipping by 2030.