The Carbon Disclosure Project has named its A List companies for 2015. The A List represents companies that were graded ‘A’ for their climate change mitigation and reporting efforts for the past year – basically scoring 85 out 100 in the CDP grading.
In addition, companies will have to score maximum points for reducing emissions (more than 4%), and have 70% of their reported Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions verified.
CDP A List IT companies include Accenture, Adobe Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Atos, Autodesk, Cisco Systems, EMC, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, Juniper Networks, LG Innotek, Microsoft, Samsung Electro-Mechanics and Samsung Electronics. Telecom service providers on the CDP A List include Proximus (formerly Belgacom), KT, LG Uplus, Sprint, Swisscom, Telefonica, and the Telenor Group.
“The influence of the corporation is mighty. The momentum of business action on climate change suggests we have reached a tipping point, where companies are poised to achieve their full potential,” said CDP executive chariman and co-founder Paul Dickinson. “They need ambitious policy at both a national and international level that will support them in this regard and will catalyze participation from industry at scale.”
Companies globally are taking action and making investments to prepare for the transition to a low carbon economy, CDP said. For example, at 94%, nearly all companies assign board or senior management responsibility to climate change and three quarters offer incentives for improving climate performance.
At the same time, nine of every ten companies now have activities in place that are lowering their carbon output, compared with less than half in 2010. The percentage of businesses with targets to reduce the intensity of their greenhouse gas emissions has also more than doubled.
Despite the growing momentum, many ICT vendors and operators were handed ‘B’ performance levels, including Ericsson, Nokia, Telstra, SK Telecom, Telecom Italia, Telecom Austria, TeliaSonera, Telus and Verizon. Singtel and True Corporation came in at the ‘C’ performance level, while Vodafone and StarHub were given ‘D’ levels.
The report also highlighted ‘non-responders’ to CDP’s request. In the IT space, these include Facebook, Baidu, MediaTek, and Tencent. In telecoms, non-responders include AIS in Thailand, America Movil, Axiata Group, Bharti Airtel, China Unicom, Maroc Telecom, SBA Communications, Softbank, Telekom Indonesia, and VimpelCom.
Source: CDP ‘A Listers’