Bayer and Nestlé lead in cutting emissions

21 September 2012

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22 September 2012 | Adam Leach

Healthcare firm Bayer and confectioner Nestlé have been named as the joint leaders at cutting carbon emissions.

The two companies received top scores in both the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index and the Carbon Performance Leadership Index, both of which are measured by the Carbon Disclosure Project. The indices measure the level of transparency and level of performance of companies in relation to carbon emissions produced by the company and its supply chain.

Bayer reduced its carbon emissions by 21 per cent in the past year, while Nestlé Mexico is now producing 85 per cent of the energy it uses through its own wind farm. José Lopez, Nestlé executive vice president and head of operations, said: “Climate change mitigation remains a key priority for us. We are committed to reducing emissions from our operations even further by continuing to improve energy efficiency, to switch to cleaner fuels and to invest in renewable sources”.

Paul Simpson, chief executive of the Carbon Disclosure Project, explained those leading the way were putting themselves in a good position to gain efficency savings and mitigate against risk: “They are giving clear consideration to the business issues related to climate change and their exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities. This is vital to realising greater efficiencies, protecting the business from risk and capitalising on opportunities.”

Making up the top 10 in this year’s list was BASF, BMW, Gas Natural SDG, Diageo, Nokia, Allianz, UBS and Panasonic.

While it did not make the top 10, L'Oreal became the first beauty company to be included in the index. A key component to its performance this year was collaborating with its suppliers, as its supply chain contributes an estimated 28 per cent of its emissions. During the year it helped 48 of its suppliers complete Carbon Disclosure Project programmes.

Inken Dechow, L’Oreal’s director of environmental supply chain, said in a statement: “We are pleased with our results on this important initiative and applaud our supply team’s efforts to educate and involve so many of our suppliers.”

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