IBM, Johnson & Johnson Join Climate Savers Launch
TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL:
COMPANY PARTNERSHIPS YEILD ENERGY, EMISSIONS PLEDGES
The Cool Companies described throughout this site show that energy savings and global warming solutions – answers that go hand-in-hand – are good business, and good practice. These firms and many others are proving every day that these challenges can be met in ways that strengthen business performance.
A growing number if US businesses are taking things a step further, making voluntary public commitments to reduce energy and greenhouse emissions, or joining together to encourage stronger climate and energy policies. These efforts often involve partnerships with leading environmental and energy advocates. Leading examples include:
WWF Climate Savers Partnership:
Climate Savers is a business initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund in concert with the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions to mobilize companies to cut emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is the main cause of global warming and climate change that represents a severe threat to the survival of many plants and animals and to the well-being of millions of people around the world. Climate Savers focuses on energy use, which, in the Unites States accounts for 85 per cent of all global warming gases.
Three companies have joined the Climate Savers partnership with World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions. In May 2000 Johnson & Johnson and IBM launched the U.S. Climate Savers program. J&J pledged to reduce global warming gases by seven percent below 1990 levels by the year 2010, with an interim goal of four percent by 2005. IBM promised average annual CO2 reductions from 1998 to 2004 equal to 4 percent of the emissions associated with the company's annual fuel and electricity use. Polaroid joined in October, announcing that it will reduce corporate-wide CO2 emissions 20 percent below its 1994 emissions by 2005 and 25 percent by 2010.
Visit to the WWF Climate Savers Website
Other major corporations have made individual climate commitments of their own:
- The oil giant BP has promised to cut greenhouse emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2010.
- Royal Dutch/Shell will cut emissions 25 percent by 2002.
- Kodak is pledging to cut CO2 emissions from its power plants 20 percent by 2004.
- DuPont pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions 65 percent from 1990 levels by 2010 (three quarters of that comes from changes in its nylon manufacturing), purchase 10 percent renewable energy by 2010, and hold energy use flat using 1990 as a base year.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
Another group of 28 companies has joined the Business Environmental Leadership Council of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, pledging to assess their domestic greenhouse emissions and establish programs to reduce them but without naming public targets. These include ABB; Air Products and Chemicals; Alcoa; American Electric Power; Baxter International; Boeing; BP; CH2M HILL; DTE Energy; DuPont; Enron; Entergy; Georgia-Pacific; Holnam; IBM; Intel; Lockheed Martin; Maytag; Ontario Power Generation; PG&E; Rohm and Haas; Shell International; Sunoco; Toyota; United Technologies; Weyerhaeuser, Whirlpool and Wisconsin Electric.
World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute, an environmental think-tank working on practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives has several business partnership programs underway to address energy and climate issues in a collaborative style. They include:
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Initiative
The GHG Protocol Initiative is an international partnership of businesses, NGOs, and governments, co-convened by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development, for the purposes of developing voluntary greenhouse gas estimations and reporting standards for business.
Green Power Market Development Group
The Green Power Group aims to transform energy markets by reducing market barriers faced by green power suppliers and buyers. Comprised of leading multinational corporations, the World Resources Institute, and Business for Social Responsibility, the Group’s goal is to develop corporate markets for 1,000 MW of cost-competitive, new capacity green power by the year 2010.
SafeClimate.net enables office-based businesses and organizations -- and individuals -- to calculate their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions “footprint” and take specific actions to reduce their climate impact. A visitor to the site can purchase climate-friendly products on-line, sign up for green energy, read up on the latest climate news, and write their policymakers.
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy
The Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a group of senior executives in the natural gas, energy efficiency, electric utility and renewable energy industries in the United States has also provided active support for climate protection measures. Members include Enron, Honeywell, Trane, Lockheed, York International, Sempra, Keyspan and others.