- ST Micro-Electronics sets ambitious goals and inspiring commitment
Despite increasing production 40-fold since 1990, ST Micro-Electronics set the ambitious goal of zero net CO2 emissions by 2010. Their commitment was found favorable to their buyers, and was recognized by the European Union in 2004. When ST reaches their goal of being climate neutral, they will have saved $900 million.
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- New York City municipal government invests in nature
Rather than building a water filtration plant, which costs hundreds of millions of dollars annually to run and maintain, New York City government has instead chosen to invest in protecting the natural watershed in the Catskill Mountains. By purchasing the watershed land, New York City can maintain and manage the natural filtration provided by the watershed.
- 3M’s 3P Program saves billions by reducing billions
3M initiated the Pollution Prevention Pays (3P) Program in 1975. This program reflects 3M’s philosophy that all of their waste, energy use, and water use is a sign of their inefficiencies. Through 5,000 3P programs over the years, 3M has saved over 2.2 billion pounds of pollutants. This saved them $1 billion in the first year alone.
- IBM surpasses energy-saving goal
When IBM began tracking their environmental impact in 1990, they were producing nearly 7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. Since then, IBM has implemented emission-reduction projects that saved half that amount. In 2009 alone, IBM put $96 million towards these projects, which resulted in over $150 million cost savings in addition to the emissions reductions.
- McDonald’s goes green with partner Environmental Defense
In 1990, McDonald’s partnered with the non-profit Environmental Defense with the goal of reducing their waste. They focused on packaging: by getting rid of the Styrofoam packaging, switching to unbleached paper, increasing the recycled content of their napkins, and influencing their suppliers, McDonald’s became an early leader in conservation efforts.
- DuPont cuts emissions by 65% and saves $3 billion
DuPont successfully cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 65% from 1990 – 2010, and kept their energy use the same while increasing productivity. They enjoyed an increase in revenues, as well as an increase in renewable energy sourcing. These efforts have saved DuPont over $3 billion.
- Small Business: ReMax office saves on energy-saving projects
During a routine remodel of a local ReMax office, the facility manager decided to implement energy-saving measures, including sealing the windows, doors, and ductwork. This simple investment saves the office $7,900 annually in heating/cooling costs.