US Companies Reaffirm Commitment to Climate Action

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The recent UN climate summit in Bonnhad an extraordinary participation from the US non-federal actors who reiterated their commitments to emission cuts despite the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement (COP21). The 100-plus US delegation at the COP23 summit included mayors, governors, civil society members and Universities, apart from sustainability representatives from Mars, Walmart, Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft and Kellogg.

Led by California Governor Jerry Brown, the delegation made its intent clear by calling itself “We Are Still In.” Along with Michael Bloomberg, who is the UN’s special envoy for cities and climate change, Brown released the America’s Pledge report, calculating that GHG reduction targets already voluntarily set by 20 US states, 110 cities and 1,300 businesses amounted to 2.7 giga-tons, or 40 percent of US total GHG emissions.

Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer of Mars, said it is important for American companies to show they are fully engaged in the fight against climate change. He pointed to Mars’ recently announced $1 billion Sustainable in a Generation plan, saying that the company has set challenging climate goals to reduce the carbon footprint of its entire value chain by two-thirds by 2050.

Microsoft, one of the prominent participants at Bonn, has announced that it would cut its operational carbon emissions by 75 percent by 2030, against a 2013 baseline, avoiding more than 10m metric tons of CO2 emissions.

Walmart’s senior VP of sustainability, Laura Philips, spoke at the summit about how the company will cut its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 18 percent by 2025 and its even more ambitious Project Gigaton to reduce 1 giga-ton of CO2 from its supply chain between 2015 and 2030.Philips said that Walmart has saved $1 billion in fuel bills by installing enough solar panels on its supermarkets to cover 190 football fields.

Source and Image: Ethical Corp