Monday, 15 December 2008

Technology Scores Well for Climate Governance

Another report has come out highlighting the above average performance of technology companies in addressing climate change issues.

Ceres, which describes itself as 'a national network of investors, environmental organisations and other public interest groups working with companies and investors to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change' has published a report looking at the climate change governance of some leading consumer and technology companies. RiskMetrics Group was commissioned to carry out the research, which covered 48 US and 15 non-US companies in areas of board oversight, management execution, public disclosure, GHG emissions accounting and strategic planning and performance. The full report is here.

Technology, pharmaceutical and semiconductor sectors had the highest average climate governance scores, while technology and semiconductor companies had particularly strong performance in product and service innovation (seven technology companies and four semiconductor companies were included).

IBM came top of the overall rankings with a score of 79 (out of 100), with Dell in third place (77), Intel in fourth (72), Sun in 10th (63) and Hewlett-Packard in 11th (62).

Interesting, but what would be even more telling would be some measure of the extent to which IT services companies are reducing carbon emissions in society as a whole through their work with clients. This is the area that is going to make a real long-term difference, but I guess it will be difficult to measure and compare in a way everyone can agree.

© The Green IT Review

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