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Gap Inc. Gets Serious About Climate Change; Vows to Cut Greenhouse Gases by 50%

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Gap Inc. is promising to do its part to help cut global greenhouse gas emissions, part of a move to foster cleaner business practices across its entire global supply chain.

Gap said it plans to cut absolute greenhouse gas emissions across all owned and operated facilities globally by 50 percent from 2015 levels by the end of 2020.

“At Gap Inc., we believe that environmental issues are fundamentally human rights issues. We also believe that creating a more sustainable environment is critical to our company’s business success,” said Melissa Fifield, Gap Inc. senior director of sustainable innovation. “As we look to integrate our sustainability efforts more deeply into our business strategies and policies, we recognize the potential to create tremendous positive change for the people touched by our business while unlocking new possibilities to grow our global enterprise.”

Gap Inc. has set its new emissions goal after having achieved its previous goal, which called for reducing absolute greenhouse gas emissions across U.S. operations from a 2008 baseline by 20 percent by the end of 2015; the company is reporting today a total of approximately 37 percent emissions reduction during the 2008-2015 timeframe. Gap Inc. today also announced a companion waste goal for its U.S. facilities to divert 80 percent of waste from landfill by the end of 2020.

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