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 user 2008-11-26 at 2:03:15 pm Views: 63
  • #20450
    FedEx, IBM and Office Depot Report Green Progress
    Calif. — There has been a steady stream of corporate social
    responsibility reports published during the last week. Just on
    Wednesday, three heavyweights — IBM, Office Depot and FedEx –
    released reports touting new environmental goals and performance. Here
    are some of the highlights:

    – FedEx is working to optimize
    routes and reduce the amount of fuel used to ships packages. It has cut
    aircraft-related greenhouse gas emissions 3.7 percent per available ton
    mile since 2005, and plans to cut aircraft emissions 20 percent per
    available ton mile by 2020. It also wants to boost fuel efficiency of
    its vehicle fleet 20 percent.To do some of this, FedEx is turning to
    more efficient aircraft, such as Boeing 757 planes, which offer 20
    percent more capacity while using up to 36 percent less fuel than those
    currently in use. More than a quarter of its ground fleet has shifted
    to smaller, more efficient cars.   

    – IBM, meanwhile, shined in
    reducing perfluorocompound emissions nearly 32 percent from its
    semiconductor manufacturing, compared to its goal of cutting emissions
    25 percent by 2010, against a 1995 baseline. Its report (PDF) also
    detailed how it doubled its goal for buying recycled plastics for use
    in its products, while its water conservation rate of 4.1 percent
    exceeded its annual target of 2 percent. Savings from energy
    conservation projects equaled 3.8 percent of total energy use,
    surpassing its goal of 3.5 percent.Business growth complicated some of
    its other goals, such as greenhouse gas emissions. It set a second
    generation goal of reducing emissions associated with its energy use 12
    percent between 2005 and 2012 through conservation and renewable
    energy. Instead, net emissions rose 5 percent between 2006 and 2007.
    Measured against the 2005 baseline year, emissions grew 2 percent.

    Office Depot included a discussion of materiality in its report (PDF),
    the result of stakeholder engagement and internal analysis. It
    determined that the most significant environmental impacts from its
    North American business operations are paper and product sourcing,
    distribution and running its 1,200 stores. It began aggregating
    environmental performance indicators in 2007 and aligning them with its
    goals of buying, being and selling green.It improved the number of
    green office products for resale by 30 percent but the amount of green
    products it bought for internal use fell. Meanwhile, contract sales of
    environmentally preferred items in its 2007 Green Book grew by more
    than 10 percent.The amount of waste recycled by the company grew to 49
    percent in the U.S., compared to 37 percent in 2006. In Europe, the
    company recycled 71 percent of its waste in 2007, rather than sending
    it to landfills. It also cut absolute greenhouse gas emissions from
    U.S. transportation by 9.6 percent.