IBM, SAP, UPS and others win EPA awards

IBM, SAP, UPS and others win EPA awards

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In partnership with three nonprofit organizations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced the recipients of its inaugural Climate Leadership Awards.

EPA, along with its partners -- The Climate Registry (TCR), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the Association of Climate Change Officers -- established the awards to recognize excellence in greenhouse gas (GHG) management, supply chain leadership, and organizational leadership. An award recognizes individual leadership within an organization as well.

Two awards for GHG management address goal setting and achievement. To receive either of the awards, an organization must publicly report all scope 1 and 2 emissions, reduce its carbon footprint beyond the benchmark for its industry sector, and implement at least five public GHG mitigation activities.

Six companies received goal setting certificates this year, and ten received goal management certificates. One company -- Campbell Soup -- received certificates in both categories. According to EPA, Campbell Soup "has reduced its GHG emissions per 1,000 adjusted cases of product by 12 percent from its 2005 baseline through 2010 in its US operations." Campbell's also achieved a 5.1 percent reduction in absolute emissions.

IBM and San Diego Gas & Electric received organizational leadership awards, which is given to organizations "that exemplify leadership both in their internal response to climate change and through engagement of their peers, competitors, partners, and value chain."

Corporate recipients of the supply chain leadership award, given to organizations that can demonstrate they are leaders in managing emissions in their supply chains, were SAP and UPS.

Gene Rodrigues, the director of customer energy efficiency and solar at Southern California Edison, won the individual achievement award.

"Corporate leadership is essential to meeting our climate and energy challenges," said Eileen Claussen, president of C2ES. "These companies demonstrate every day that it's possible to shrink your carbon footprint without compromising your bottom line."

And David Rosenheim, executive director of TCR, said, "As we transition in the next few years to a low carbon economy, these organizations will undoubtedly reap the benefits of taking aggressive action to reduce their carbon risk."

The winners received their awards at the first annual Climate Leadership Conference on Feb. 29.

This article originally appeared on SocialFunds.com.

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