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Top Companies of the Decade

BusinessWeek, Climate Group, and a panel of judges compiled this ranking based on total reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs), results relative to company revenues, and management's leadership on environmental issues over the past ten years

Company

2004 Sales

$ Billions

Metric Tons

% Reduction

1

DuPont

$27.5

65 million

72

Reduced energy consumption 7% below 1990 levels, saving more than $2 billion -- including at least $10 million a year by using renewable sources

2

BP

$285.1

12.8 million

10

Reached its 2010 GHG reduction target in 2001. Increased valuation by $650 million through improvements in operating efficiency and energy management

3

Bayer

$36.7

4.9 million

63

Boosting energy efficiency also avoided $850 million in investments that otherwise would have been required, because production grew 22%

4

BT

$18.5

1.6 million

71

Low-carbon and renewable sources provide 98% of its electricity in Britain, saving $1.1 billion. Adding 38% reduction in vehicle emissions almost doubles savings

5

Alcoa

$23.5

8.9 million

26

Slashed emissions of perfluorocarbon (PFC) gas from aluminum smelters by 80%. Expects annual cost savings to reach $100 million next year

6

IBM

$96.3

1.7 million

38

Tonnage cuts are from just higher energy efficiency. The reduction triples if other CO2 and PFC cleaning-solvent emissions are included. Total savings: $791 million

7

Catalyst Paper

$1.9

280,000

61

Substantially lower CO2 emissions stem from efficiency initiatives that have netted savings of more than $17 million over the past 10 years

8

STMicroelectronics

$9.5

850,000

50

Since 1994, CO2 emissions have been progressively curtailed with better energy practices. Efficiency savings now exceed $100 million a year

9

3M

$20.0

1.85 million

12.8

By cutting energy consumption, 3M has saved more than $190 million since 1990

10

Iberdrola

$12.0

3.9 million

n.a.

Tonnage was avoided with renewable fuels, but total emissions grew in 2004. Biomass investments -- $12.7 billion since 2001 -- will yield 5,500 megawatts in 2008

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


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