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Report lists top polluting US retailers based on emissions from ocean freight

A new report from two environmental NGOs points to the retailers that emit the most CO2 during import to the US on container vessels. The list counts majors such as Ikea, Amazon and Walmart.

Container vessels off Long Beach in California | Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP/Ritzau Scanpix

Major retailers import the vast majority of their goods to the US on container vessels, and a new report published by two NGOs highlights just how much pollution these companies' imports entail by relying on vessels sailing on fossil fuels.

Pacific Environment and Stand.Earth are the two NGOs behind the report titled Shady Ships, which includes figures of the extent to which carbon emissions come from vessels delivering goods to major retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Ikea, Nike and Samsung.

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