JD Logistics, the delivery arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in a bid to reduce its impact on the environment. SBTi is an ambitious global campaign aimed at driving corporate action on climate change.
As part of JD Logistics’ commitment to the initiative, which was sealed by a strategic partnership with WWF China and One Planet Foundation, the company plans to release carbon emissions targets for its operations.
SBTi’s aim is to increase corporate ambition on climate action by mobilizing companies to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. JD Logistics is the first logistics business in China to sign up to the initiative.
JD Logistics will now work on providing an overview of its existing measures to combat climate change, as well as set new targets in accordance with SBTi’s goals, and explain how these targets will be met. One of its existing measures is the Green Stream Initiative, which promotes the use of sustainable packaging materials and reduces the environmental impact of the entire supply chain.
“In the fight against climate change, international cooperation 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.”
The Green Stream Initiative, established in June 2017, has seen JD Logistics upgrade its delivery fleet to clean energy electric vehicles, with over 5,000 already in use in nearly 50 cities across China. It has also helped the company reduced the 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.