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Coke, Sony, Volvo and Other ‘Climate Savers’ Cut CO2 by 100 Million Tons

Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Sony, Volvo and other members of WWF’s Climate Savers program cut their carbon dioxide emissions by more than 100 million tons over the period 1999 to 2011, according to an independent review of the program released today.

The review, conducted by energy consultancy Ecofys, also found that by 2020, Climate Savers overall emissions savings since 1999 could exceed 350 million tons.

Climate Savers companies sign an agreement with WWF, pledging to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. The agreed target must be more ambitious than the company would have set on its own, and must also show that the company is leading its sector in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Ecofys’ analysis, if other major corporations followed Climate Savers’ lead in the 16 business sectors where the program is active, they could avoid between 500 million and one billion tons of emissions in 2020 alone.

Ecofys says these reductions could contribute up to 9 percent towards closing what UNEP calls the “emissions gap,” the difference between rising greenhouse gas emissions and what is needed to put the world on a path to limiting global warming to the level of 2 degrees Celsius.

Ecofys gathered emissions data from Climate Savers companies and then forecast emissions for the period after 2011 based on each company’s commitment. It developed a “business-as-usual” scenario showing emissions levels if companies had not taken on commitments. Annual savings in emissions equal the difference between business-as-usual and real and forecast emissions.

The emission calculations include direct emissions from a company’s operations, indirect emissions from purchased electricity, heat or steam, and other indirect emissions from the supply chain, not under the company’s control.

Current Climate Savers members include Alpro, Arjowiggins Graphic, Catalyst, The Coca-Cola Company, Collins Companies, Diversey, Elopak, Eneco, Fairmont, HP, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPN, Lafarge, National Geographic, Natura, Nike, Nokia Siemens Networks, Novo Nordisk, Resolute Forest Products, Sofidel, Sprint, Tetra Pak, Sagawa, Sony, Supervalu and Volvo.

Commitments by former members Nokia, Polaroid and Spitsbergen were also included in the analysis.

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5 thoughts on “Coke, Sony, Volvo and Other ‘Climate Savers’ Cut CO2 by 100 Million Tons

  1. This is all hype! Let’s not forget the past and what these companies also did during the last 12 years. For example, look up Coke and Rajasthan, as recently as 2006.

  2. I would be interested to know if all these savings are produced by electricity and steam traps and if they also looked at increasing their natural gas energy efficiency.
    How much HOT exhaust is going up their chimney’s into the atmosphere?
    If they were to also apply the technology of Condensing Flue Gas Heat Recovery not only would they increase their natural gas energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, but they would also be producing WATER out of these combusted exhaust gases, helping them to conserve water.

  3. I am not sure that this is impressive. It’s about 8 million tonnes a year. What is that as a percentage of the total emissions of these companies. It needs to meet 2.5% per year to hit the IPCCC guidelines…too vague an article.

  4. I am sure there is information available on these companies emissions and the percentage they cut and how that compares to the 2.5% IPCCC guidelines. That would definitely put the article in context.

  5. The emission calculations do not include “all direct emissions from a company’s operations.” R-22 refrigerant emissions are not counted, even though a typical supermarket’s climate impact from refrigerant emissions is higher than the impact of its entire annual electricity consumption. R-22 harms the ozone layer, and it is being phased out world-wide by the Montreal Protocol, the most successful environmental treaty ever. The WWF’s Climate Savers program creates a perverse incentive for supermarkets to continue to use ozone-depleting refrigerants as long as possible.

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