Something that is quickly becoming popular is for companies to set forth plans to reduce their carbon footprint. Just this past week, I’ve read three company announcements to this effect. This bodes well for the world of energy efficiency, especially when the companies are those that manufacture and sell energy using products (EuPs).
One such plan is Sony’s “Road to Zero” plan. The name comes from the company’s goal to have zero environmental footprint by 2050. To get things moving, Sony has also established a set of short-term goals including a 30 percent reduction in annual energy consumption of its products.
South Korea’s LG is another EuP manufacturer that has recently published a plan to invest $18 billion (20 trillion won) in the next ten years to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and develop energy-saving products. Specific products mentioned in the plan include air conditioners, refrigerators, and television sets.
Verizon has also just announced a sustainability program that includes new initiatives to help reduce the company’s global carbon footprint. The plan includes a partnership with Motorola to provide customers with more energy-efficient set-top boxes.
It’s good to see companies taking these initiatives. Hopefully such efforts will foster more best-practices approaches throughout the industry.