- Oct 22, 2019
- Social Responsibility
JD Logistics Commits to Cutting Carbon Emissions by Joining the Science Based Targets Initiative
JD Logistics, an independently run business group under JD.com, China’s largest retailer, is making good on its commitment to responsible consumption, with the announcement that it has signed onto the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), an ambitious global campaign aimed at driving corporate action on climate change. As part of its commitment to the initiative, sealed by a strategic partnership with WWF China and One Planet Foundation, JD Logistics plans to release comprehensive carbon emission targets regarding its operations. JD Logistics will the first business group joining the SBTi in the area of logistics in China.
The Science Based Targets initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The program’s aim is to increase corporate ambition on climate action by mobilizing companies to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets consistent with the level of decarbonization required by science to limit global warming rise within 2 degrees Celsius or even 1.5 degrees Celsius. JD Logistics will provide an overview of its existing measures to combat climate change – including its self-developed “Green Stream Initiative” – as well as set new targets in accordance with SBTi’s goals, and explain how these targets will be met.
JD Logistics is one of the most important commodity distribution channels for many well-known brands and partners around the world. “WWF believes that JD’s initiatives to join the SBTi will also encourage e-commerce companies to pay more attention to green and sustainable innovation programs, leverage corporate leadership, and call for more industries to engage in climate action and work together to address the climate change,” said Weikang Wang, Director of Climate and Energy, Green Finance, WWF (China).
“In the fight against climate change, international co-operation and mutual engagement are of paramount importance, and JD Logistics is proud to support the aims of the Science Based Targets initiative,” said Feng Gao, head of Green Stream Initiative, JD Logistics. “The results of our Green Stream Initiative speak for themselves in terms of the progress JD Logistics has made in reducing the impact of our operations on the environment, but there is still more work to be done. We look forward to close engagement with SBTi to ensure we meet these new goals to ensure a better future for our planet.”
JD’s Green Stream Initiative, established in June 2017, has already been a resounding success across multiple metrics since its launch two years ago. In terms of reducing carbon emissions, JD Logistics has committed to upgrading its delivery fleet to clean energy electric vehicles, with over 5,000 already in use in nearly 50 cities across China. Green Stream Initiative programs have further reduced JD Logistics’ use of disposable packaging by 27,000 tons; seen the deployment of recyclable “green stream boxes” across 30 cities over 10 million times; and saved 500 million meters of adhesive tape by a switch to thinner strips of tape. JD Logistics’ efforts to save paper usage, achieved through paperless systems in warehouses, lightweight packaging and box recycling programs, have reduced the need for a total of 910,000 tons of paper.