Nov 13, 2020|
JD Logistics Aims to Reduce 50% Carbon Emissions by 2030
by Yuchuan Wang
As the first business group joining the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in the area of logistics in China in 2019, JD.com’s logistics arm JD Logistics (JDL) has committed to reduce 50% carbon emissions by 2030 (starting from 2019). The target was approved and listed on SBTi’s official website on November 12th, 2020.
The Science Based Targets initiative is an ambitious global campaign aimed at driving corporate action on climate change, a partnership between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)， CDP, the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI), , and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
JD Logistics commits that 50% of its suppliers by spend covering all upstream categories, will have science-based targets by 2025. The company also commits to increase annual sourcing of renewable electricity to 100% by 2030.
An important project of JD’s effort to reduce carbon emission is the Green Stream Initiative launched in June 2017. Under the project, JD Logistics has distributed recyclable delivery boxes in nearly 30 cities in China which have been used over 16 million times. JD also uses over 8,000 new energy logistics vehicles in approximately 40 cities. During the past Singles Day period (November 1st -November 11th), the Green Stream Initiative helped reduce packaging waste by 100,000 tons.
“JD Logistics setting SBTi’s goal is encouraging and commendable,” said Weikang Wang, WWF China Priority Project Coordinator of Energy Transition to 100% Renewable. “We believe that JD Logistics’ action will inspire more Chinese companies. We are willing to provide guidance to more Chinese companies to set and achieve scientific carbon targets, and eventually to support China’s 2060 carbon-neutral commitment.
“Our planet is faced with severe climate change challenges,” said Jerry Duan, head of the Green Stream Initiative at JD. “Businesses need to urgently join and make their science-based targets pledges. Through our long-term efforts in low-carbon operations and in close collaboration with SBTi, we hope to create a better future for our planet.”