154 US companies now signed up to White House climate pledge

2015-12-01 11:23
White House. (File, AP)

White House. (File, AP)

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Washington - The number of companies that have joined a White House initiative to push global action against climate change has grown to 154, the White House announced Tuesday.

The number is nearly double the 81 companies that had signed onto the American Business Act on Climate Pledge by the middle of last month following the initiative's inception in July.

By signing the pledge, the companies voice support for a strong outcome to the UN climate summit taking place in Paris and demonstrate their own commitment to climate action by reducing their own emissions and water usage and increasing their use of renewable energy.

"As part of this initiative, each company is announcing significant pledges to reduce their emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy and take other actions to build more sustainable businesses and tackle climate change," the White House said in a news release.

Pledges include: reducing emissions by as much as 50%; reducing water usage by as much as 80%, achieving zero waste-to-landfill, purchasing 100% renewable energy and pursuing zero net deforestation in supply chains.

Some of the top American companies signing on to the pledge are 21st Century Fox, Airbnb, BMW North America, American Honda Motor Company, Cisco Systems, Genentech, LinkedIn, Novartis, Tesla and Verizon.

Among the pledges made earlier are company-specific goals such as a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by consumer products conglomerate Procter & Gamble by 2020 and an 80% decrease in emissions by 2050 by household products manufacturer Johnson and Johnson.

The White House said the 154 companies that now have signed the pledge employ nearly 11 million people and represent more than 4.2 trillion dollars in annual revenue.

US President Barack Obama is currently at the climate summit in Paris, where the international community is to chart the next major steps to reduce the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

As part of the Paris commitments, the United States already has pledged that by 2025 it will produce 26 to 28% less carbon pollution than in 2005.

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