All industry contributes to carbon dioxide emissions. As such, changing practices to reduce the environmental impact of operations is a critical sustainable business conversation. Many companies are committed to meaningful action as an intrinsic part of their environmental sustainability strategy. In no particular order, we’ve selected a few shining stars from the field of manufacturing who are making a real difference to the wider world.
As part of its Environmental Challenge 2050, Toyota has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to zero. The organization is investing in renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, minimizing and optimizing its water usage, and using sustainable materials to streamline its production processes.
Using renewable energy and sustainable materials in its manufacturing processes, Unilever is committed to achieving its emissions reduction and net zero targets. The organization’s strategy goes beyond its own business to encompass the wider value chain, with the goal of reaching net zero Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions by 2039.
All Siemens production facilities and buildings worldwide are on course to achieve a net zero carbon footprint by 2030. Alongside investing in fleet electrification, the Siemens Environmental Portfolio utilizes technologies from the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
By 2030, BMW Group aims to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by a further 80 percent from 2019 levels. Its CO₂ emissions will then be less than 10 percent of what they were in 2006. The company is deploying renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in its advanced manufacturing processes to achieve climate neutrality, along the value chain, by 2050.
From sourcing renewable and clean energy to utilizing sustainable materials in its manufacturing processes, the global organization has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Coca-Cola is also supporting sustainable agriculture, and investing in reforestation, among other carbon offset projects.
Already carbon neutral today for corporate emissions worldwide, Apple plans to bring its entire carbon footprint for its supply chain and products to net zero by 2030. It is deploying low carbon eco design, renewable energy, process and materials innovation, and energy efficiency expansion to achieve this goal.
Tackling climate change can’t wait, neither can Nestle. The company is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, at the latest. It is using renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies in its pursuit of advanced manufacturing sustainability. The food and beverage giant is also investing in reforestation and other carbon offset projects to achieve its goal.
Committed to making its global products and operations carbon neutral by 2040, General Motors has secured sufficient renewable energy to power 100 percent of its US sites by 2025. It is also investing in electric vehicles, and is working to reduce emissions in its manufacturing processes.
Focusing on its vehicle use, supply base and company facilities, Ford has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, while setting interim targets to more urgently address climate change challenges. The organization is investing heavily in electric vehicles, and is on track to power all its manufacturing plants with 100 percent locally sourced sustainable energy by 2035.
Johnson & Johnson
The health and pharmaceutical manufacturer has committed to sourcing 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025. By 2030, it aims to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations, and aspires to net zero carbon emissions across its value chain by 2045. Johnson & Johnson is also deploying energy-efficient technologies in its manufacturing processes; playing its part to help maintain a healthy climate.