WHITE HOUSE—From Coca-Cola to Nike, more global companies are pledging to take steps to reduce emissions and increase clean energy use in order to fight climate change.
The White House announced Monday that 68 additional companies have signed on to the administration’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge, bringing the total to 81 since July when the pledge was launched.
Nike has pledged to reach 100 percent renewable energy in its owned or operated facilities by 2025. Other companies like Sony say they will reduce the annual energy consumption of their products.
President Obama’s senior climate adviser Brian Deese said the firms have stepped up to make their own commitments, while endorsing a strong outcome during the December United Nations climate conference in Paris.
“These commitments show that international action on climate is not only good for our planet, it’s good for the bottom line,” said Deese. “It also shows that when United States leads on climate issues, not only do other countries step up and make more progress, but you see businesses as well as other key actors stepping up to rally the world to address this issue.”
The White House said the 81 companies employed more than nine million people and represented more than $3 trillion in annual revenue.
During a press call Monday, Intel Corporation’s Global Environmental Director Todd Brady called climate change a serious environmental and economic challenge that warrants an equally serious response.
The American tech company has pledged to continue 100 percent green power in its U.S. operations and increase renewable energy use for international operations. Intel also said it would increase the installation and use of on-site renewable energy to triple its current levels.
Intel’s Brady praised the administration’s leadership on what he called a complex issue. He said the pledge gave companies the confidence and certainty to move forward with capital investment and growth plans, while taking into account their own plan of action on climate change.
“Increasingly, we are a global economy, so ensuring that there is a level playing field internationally as it relates to climate change is also critical, and an important outcome of any type of international agreement,” Brady said.
The White House announcement on new business commitments comes as global leaders prepare to forge an agreement in Paris.
Earlier this year, President Obama unveiled his Clean Power Plan, aimed at reducing carbon emissions from the energy sector by more than a third by 2030.
On Monday, senior adviser Deese said U.S. actions coupled with pledges from the global business community have spurred other nations to announce their own goals to cut emissions.
“Now we have 150 countries that represent more than 85 percent of global emissions having now submitted their national plans, which is an unprecedented showing across the global community. That has helped boost momentum as we move into this final stage,” said Deese.