Today, more and more big brands are showing their support for the environment by reducing their energy consumption and investing in solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity projects. In addition, many are taking smaller steps within their companies to cut carbon emissions and create renewable energy goals. Here are five big brands that are investing in cleaner solutions:
Since 2013, Microsoft has taken vowed to be a carbon-neutral company and emit zero emissions from their data centers, software development labs, and offices all over the world. In order to do so, it has invested in several renewable energies throughout the country, including solar power in California, hydroelectricity in Washington, wind power in Texas. The company has also reduced its travel carbon footprint by 30,000 tons and is building its first zero-carbon, fuel cell and biogas technology-powered data plant in Wyoming.
Walmart first began its renewable energy investments in 2005 and has a goal of being 100% renewable. As of today, the company is supporting more than 325 renewable energy projects around the world, including wind power and solar power; together, these projects provide 2.2 billion kWh of electricity annually. Walmart has also made small changes like implementing LED lighting, increasing electronics recycling, developing responsible packaging, reducing plastic bag and food waste, and more.
The company’s Kohl’s Cares program donates many of its profits to kids’ health and education initiatives, but it also has been making an effort to use renewable energies like wind power and solar power. In fact, it’s currently one of the largest hosts of rooftop solar installations in North America and has more than achieved its goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy (it’s at 105%). The company is also part of the EPA Green Power Partnership and has two wind power locations in Ohio and Texas.
Google has been striving to be a 100% renewable energy-powered company since the early 2000s and has invested both solar power and wind power farms near its data centers. In fact, the company has funded nearly $2.5 billion in renewable energy projects. In 2007, the company installed the largest corporate solar panel installation of its kind at its Mountain View campus, and it supplies around 30% of the buildings’ power. Google also committed to tripling its purchases of renewable energy by 2025.
The Swedish retail chain has a goal of positively impacting the environment by being 100% renewable energy-powered by the year 2020. The company is currently installing around 550,000 solar panels on 120 stores and warehouses around the world and is taking steps to be more resourceful in its shipping, its products, and its materials. It has also invested in wind power around the world and has partnered with the WWF to promote responsible timber trade and combat illegal logging.
Sony’s goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions has been on the rise (in 2014, the company reduced 55,000 tons) and in Japan, it’s one of the largest users of renewable energy. In fact, 90% of its Sony Building electricity is derived from green power and many of its European sites are powered by 100% renewable energy. In addition, the company has plans to reduce its annual product energy consumption by 30% and is striving to reduce its carbon emissions by 300,000 tons, both by 2020.