Friday, 7 November 2008

Sun's CSR Report

Sun has released its 2008 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which you can see here.

It's a pretty comprehensive document, but just focusing on the greenhouse gas emissions, the company reported that it has already reached its EPA Climate Leaders goal of a 20% reduction in U.S. CO2 emissions from 2002 levels by 2012. In fact the company had reduced CO2 emissions by 23.4% from 2002 levels by the end of 2007, largely attributed to greater efficiency and building consolidation.

This is a U.S. target only, but almost 77% of the company's total of 286,000 metric tonnes of CO2e emissions in 2007 were in the Americas. The company's global goals are to reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions from global operations by 20% over 2007 levels by 2015.

There is also a plan to reduce year-over-year growth in global business travel emissions (which are Scope 3) to 5% by 2009. That seems quite challenging, given that in the 2007 calendar year CO2 emissions from business travel were up 9.5%, primarily due to an increase in air travel. Apparently emissions from travel in Asia/Pacific region rose by 46% compared with 2006.

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