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Single-year Percentage Leaders

Companies with recognized environmental programs that made the greatest strides in cutting greenhouse gases in 2004

Rank

Entity

2004 Sales

$ Billions

1-Year Cut in GHGs

(Tons of CO2e)

1-Year % Cut in GHGs

1

Johnson & Johnson

$47.30

140,091

14.85%

Johnson & Johnson's greenhouse gas reduction program includes on-site renewable energy projects using solar panels and windmills, purchasing green energy, and carbon capture and storage. J&J is No.2 in photovoltaics installations in the U.S., according to the World Resources Institute

2

IBM

$96.30

257,716

10.70%

By installing high-efficiency lighting and variable frequency drives on pumps and motors, IBM has lowered its emissions by 10%

3

UBS

$59.70

27,596

10.50%

In 2004, 26% of UBS's electricity came from renewable sources and direct heating. Other contributors are lighting and cooling controls with sensors that detect the presence of people, as well as variable-speed pumps and drives

4

Unilever

$48.40

362,306

10.20%

Since 1997, Unilever has set annual greenhouse gas reduction targets. They are part of a company-wide conservation program that not only promotes renewable resources but also calls for refrigerants that don't emit chlorofluorocarbons, a potent GHG

5

Credit Suisse Group

$58.80

40,850

9.75%

The world's first bank to implement an environmental management system, Credit Suisse has reduced emissions by relying on movement-sensitive lighting, solar power, and general energy conservation

6

Diageo

$11.90

74,443

9.50%

The spirits company has lowered emissions by capturing and storing the methane released in the distilling process, and using low-emission refrigeration technologies

7

International Paper

$25.50

900,000

6.50%

International Paper cut its carbon footprint by boosting the use of its own forest waste as a fuel. Because trees convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, burning waste wood is considered to be carbon neutral

8

Sony

$64.20

91,251

4.40%

Despite the price premium, Sony signed on with Japan's National Energy Co. for lots of wind power -- 4.5 million kilowatt-hours a year

9

Entergy

$10.10

1,138,400

3.20%

Entergy is a pioneer in GHG reduction. Aside from generating power with nuclear plants and wind turbines, it minimizes CO2 emissions from its natural-gas-fired generators by capturing the gas for underground sequestration at a number of sites

10

Novartis

$30.70

13,800

3.00%

Novartis has improved its overall energy efficiency through the use of renewable energy sources, including biomass, along with an emphasis on energy conservation

Data: Climate Group, Innovest, Panel of Judges, BW


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