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 user 2008-11-26 at 2:02:27 pm Views: 87
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    FedEx, IBM and Office Depot Report Green Progress
    OAKLAND, 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.