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Apple, Microsoft and Google back White House pledge to fight climate change

Tue 28 Jul 2015

America’s leading tech firms, Apple, Microsoft and Google, are among 13 U.S. private sector companies to back Obama’s $140bn climate change pledge.

The newly launched American Business Act on Climate Pledge features as part of the Obama administration’s push to involve private sector firms in fighting climate change.

Alongside Google, Microsoft and Apple, the 10 additional corporate supporters include: Alcoa, Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, UPS and Walmart.

The Climate Action Plan hopes to reduce carbon emissions by up to 28% lower than 2005 levels by 2025. The 13 businesses signing the pledge have agreed to set their own goals in line with the pledge, cutting their carbon emissions by up to 50%.

According to the official White House fact sheet, companies will make “significant new pledges to reduce their emissions, increase low-carbon investments, deploy more clean energy, and take other actions to build more sustainable businesses.”

The group has also promised to reach a “strong outcome” at the international U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris at the end of this year.

“Reaching a strong deal in Paris is an absolute and urgent necessity. The data is clear and the science is beyond dispute: a warming planet poses enormous threats to society,” said Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman.

Schmidt added that Google has been a “carbon neutral” company since 2007 and has invested over $2bn in green tech projects and innovation.

Microsoft has similarly promised to maintain “carbon neutral operations,” which it expects to demonstrate across “data centres, offices, labs, and manufacturing.” According to an official blog post, Microsoft also promises to “produce and purchase 100% green power for all of its operations [and] offset 100% of emissions from fuel combustion, business air travel, and other sources through supporting carbon offset projects that also drive social benefits.”

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