Global companies fight climate change

(VOVworld) – Leaders of many companies in the world have repeated their consistent opinion on the need to reduce green house gas emission involving their factories. This positive move will add to the governments’ efforts to realize the Paris Agreement on Climate Change adopted last December.

A worker stands on palm oil seeds in Riau province, Indonesia. An Indonesian palm-oil company, Astra Agro Lestari, committed itself to policies to reduce deforestation. Credit Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
A worker stands on palm oil seeds in Riau province, Indonesia. An Indonesian palm-oil company, Astra Agro Lestari, committed itself to policies to reduce deforestation. Credit Adek Berry/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

An increasing number of companies have begun to realize that environmental protection is a core part of their business strategies. In Asia, palm oil companies, whose products directly involve logging and burning trees, have joined emission reduction efforts. In Japan, hospitals, big companies, and schools restrict the use of lifts and encourage people to walk. Producers give priority to developing products with longer life expectancy.

In the US, many companies pledged to reduce carbon emission by 50% and use only renewable energy. Johnson&Johnson declared to cut 80% of carbon emission by 2050. Dell pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 50% in 2020 compared with 2012 and convert half of its used energy to renewable energy by 2020. Nike plans to use 100% of renewable energy by 2025.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved a mandatory system for collecting data on ships’ fuel consumption. Ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or more will have to record and report their consumption for every type of fuel. IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim said the move will contribute remarkably to the fight against climate change.

Independent airlines and the aviation transport sector in general have become more responsible for their environmental impacts. Jetstar Group has implemented a program on minimizing greenhouse gas emission, calling on passengers to contribute a donation per flight and committing to support environmental sustainability.

Hong Van



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