Partner spotlight: Companies changing the world, leading in green power and taking the climate pledge

Wed, 2015-10-21 06:00 -- SCC Staff

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50 companies changing our world: Enel, Cisco, MasterCard, IBM, Intel on Fortune's list
In its 2015 list of 50 companies "that are doing well by doing good," Fortune named Council Lead Partner Enel at No. 5 – the only utility on its list of companies changing the world. Enel was chosen, according to Fortune, "for its ability to eliminate the barriers to the development of clean energy." Fortune also praised Enel CEO Francesco Starace’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. "We are delighted that Fortune has recognized the key role of the power industry in driving progress in the world and Enel's leadership within it," Starace stated. Not far behind Enel in the Fortune rankings were Council Lead Partners Cisco (No. 8), MasterCard (No. 11), IBM (No. 20) and Associate Partner Intel at No. 39.

Microsoft and Intel win EPA green power leadership honors
Council Lead Partner Microsoft was named a Green Power Partner of the Year in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) annual leadership awards recognizing achievements in helping fight climate change and expanding the domestic renewable energy market. "Microsoft remains dedicated to driving ever-greater energy efficiency across our business, while also increasing our purchases of green power and making long-term purchase agreements to power our facilities with local renewable energy," the company's Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard wrote in a blog. Council Associate Partner Intel, meanwhile, was a winner in the Sustained Excellence in Green Power category.

Taking the climate pledge: AT&T, GE, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Schneider Electric, Intel, Siemens
Among the 81 American companies joining the Obama Administration's American Business Act on Climate Pledge promoted at the White House this week were eight Council partners. The companies taking the pledge demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action with ambitious and company-specific goals. For instance Council Lead Partner AT&T set a goal to by 2020 reduce its direct greenhouse gas emissions by 20% as compared to its 2008 baseline and to reduce the company's electricity consumption relative to data growth on its network by 60% as compared to its 2013 baseline.  In addition to AT&T, Council Lead Partners GE, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Schneider Electric and Associate Partners Intel and Siemens joined the pledge.

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