On the eve of the 3rd anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol, a group of leading companies, including the likes of Sony, Nokia and Nike, came together to sign their own accord to fight climate change.
Presented by Sony chairman and CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, at the Climate Savers Summit 2008 organized by WWF and Sony, the Tokyo Declaration calls on global businesses to come together to reduce green house gases.
The declaration is aimed at reiterating the companies’ belief that all necessary action should be taken to limit the global average temperature increase to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The companies also endorsed the findings of a report by the IPCC (Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change), which confirmed the impacts of climate change and concludes that greenhouse gas emissions need to peak in the next 10-15 years and be reduced to very low levels, well below half of the levels in 2000 by the middle of the twenty-first century.
“At Sony, we believe that it is impossible for a business to flourish in a degraded environment. For this reason we are committed to using our technological ability and know-how to reduce our impact on the planet, and to help our customers reduce their impact at home,” said Sir Howard Stringer. “We have always recognized that we have an obligation to act responsibly in all of our business activities to help minimize our environmental impact, and at the same time utilize our unique talents to help solve environmental problems together with our peers and our partners.”
While many of the signatories have already exceeded the emission reduction targets they set themselves upon joining the WWF’s Climate Savers Programme, the declaration signatories now pledge to go beyond just their own organizations and reach out to their business partners to encourage a reduction in emissions.
The companies also pledge to promote and enable a low-carbon lifestyle among their customers and consumers.
With the Tokyo Declaration, Climate Saver companies intend to emphasize the imperatives and benefits of early, voluntary and innovative action on climate change. The signatories are Allianz Group, Catalyst, The Collins Companies, Hewlett-Packard Company, Nike, Inc., Nokia Corporation, Novo Nordisk, Sagawa Express, Sony Corporation, Spitsbergen Travel, Tetra Pak and Xanterra Parks & Resorts.