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Salesforce announces Step Up Declaration to fight climate change

By midian182
Sep 14, 2018
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  1. Recent times have seen more tech firms going green. Apple is particularly proud of its environmental initiatives—a fact it mentioned during this week’s iPhone launch—and has been ranked the most environmentally friendly company several years in a row by Greenpeace.

    At the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco on Thursday, Salesforce announced that 20 companies had signed up to the Step Up Declaration, which aims to “ensure a climate turning point,” by 2020.

    Firms joining Salesforce include ARM, Bloomberg, Cisco Systems, HP, Lyft, Nokia, Uber, Supermicro, Symantec, Vigilent, and VMware.

    The declaration notes that tackling climate change isn’t just good for the planet; it’s also an enormous business opportunity worth “trillions of dollars in economic growth expected from investments in climate solutions.”

    For its part, Salesforce has committed to achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2022. The company is also partnering with top suppliers, which make up 50 percent of its supplier-related emissions, to set their own emission reduction targets by 2025, while also expanding its green real estate strategy.

    Back in April, Lyft announced that every single ride it provides would be carbon neutral by acquiring over one million metric tons of carbon in "year one" of its initiative. The ride-hailing firm claimed this would be the equivalent of planting tens of millions of trees or taking "hundreds of thousands" of cars off the world's roads.

    Following President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement last year, over 1200 companies including Google, Facebook, Apple, IBM, and Amazon signed an open letter pledging their support for climate action that meets the targets set out by the accord.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,779   +3,906

    Apple is likely blowing smoke, in a manner of speaking, and crowing about what amounts to their main campus' using sustainable / renewable energy.

    I imagine their stores are as dependent on the energy supplier as we peons. That's why the price of the new iPhone something or other is so high, utility bills.

    Only god knows how much of Beijing's smog issues are contributed by their, "manufacturing partners" in China..

    I mean a bunch of people doing not much more than accidentally walking into the glass walls of a mock spaceship, do not really save our polar caps.

    Let's have a look at the weather averages in Cupertino. They're not exactly demanding on heat or air conditioning:


    Sorry, you'll have to follow the link. I couldn't get graph or chart to paste in correctly.

    But as a teaser, their July (hottest) average temp is 60 F, while their lowest average is in January @ 50 F
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  3. it's very sad to see how bad the smog is in many places of the PRC due to corporations shifting manufacturing there.
  4. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,523   +1,733

    How much you wanna bet all the manufacturing of parts in china will pollute like there is no tomorrow, that these companies will still be using bunker oil burning ships and use electricity from coal and natural gas?

    If you want to virtue signal about being green, invest in companies doing work on hydrogen, battery tech, ece. Actual green energy solutions.
    It's sad how the Chinese allow the communist PRC government to dominate their lives, selling out their countryside to factories while using their citizens as cattle.

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