Carbon Reduction Targets: How Do Different Sectors Compare?

I love the Carbon Disclosure Project. As I’ve written before, the organization’s strategy is brilliantly simple, and it’s having a very significant global impact on corporate behavior when it comes to disclosing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The CDP recently released the 2011 edition of the annual CDP Global 500 report which examines the carbon reduction activities at the world’s largest public corporations. It’s worth downloading and reviewing.

Given our recent work on corporate sustainability goals and benchmarking, I was interested to see this summary of the types of emissions goals CDP respondents have set.


Not surprisingly, energy companies have so far been less likely to set emissions goals than companies in any other industry. Consumer staples companies top the list, with 94 percent of the staples companies that responded to CDP having some emissions reduction goals. This strong showing in part speaks to the perception among corporate leaders that consumers want to see action on climate change.

If you’ve looked over the report, I’d be happy to hear what you think the key takeaways are. Feel free to leave a comment.


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