Friday, September 7, 2012

Some big corporations cut emissions as Congress fiddles

With climate policy paralyzed in Washington, a number of leading U.S. corporations are going it alone, squeezing big reductions of climate-changing emissions from their operations and supply chains, reports InsideClimate News.

And that's not all.

"With stakeholder criticism and other pressures building, more and more are also releasing rigorous climate data in their financial reports and enlisting third-party firms to make sure it is accurate, clean economy reporter Maria Gallucci writes.

Why would a corporation implement pro-environment measures when it knows Congress will protect those who don't?   
"We do it because it makes good business sense—whether it's top of the fold [politically] or not," said Wayne Balta, vice president of corporate environmental affairs and product safety at IBM.
The world's biggest computer services provider is on track to slash its electricity use by 20 percent by the end of this year from 2008 levels. It will also cut its energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent from 2005 levels—four percent above its original goal. Earlier this year, the firm won one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever Climate Leadership Awards.

Balta said that key to those reductions were efficiency upgrades in more than 360 buildings and data centers, which were achieved with the help of 40 full-time energy management professionals. He would not say how much the climate initiatives cost.

See who else is cutting pollution--and the role that climate change is playing on corporate thinking at: Major Corporations Quietly Reducing Emissions—and Saving Money 

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