Business 100 Green Initiatives

 Now Ford is focused on developing its hybrid fleet—in 2004 it introduced the Ford Escape Hybrid, which can achieve up to 75% better fuel economy than the standard model in city driving and is the first hybrid-electric SUV.

General Electric

Pamela Daley, SVP Corporate Business Development

GE is developing battery technologies that allow hybrid and electric cars to go further, perform better and release fewer emissions. The company is also working on battery technology across the transportation infrastructure. These initiatives are all part of the GE Ecomagination project, which also aims to reduce water use and reduce GHG emissions in all GE operations.

Gilt Groupe

Kevin Ryan, CEO and Co-Founder

Gilt Groupe focuses on environmental sustainability through its packaging. All Gilt Groupe packages are made from 100% recycled paper and use less tissue and other forms of packaging in comparison to the industry standard. They also work to partner with and provide socially conscious brands.

Glaxo-Smith Kline

Deirdre Connelly, President, North American Pharmaceuticals

Glaxo-Smith Kline has the sustainability goal of reducing energy and climate change impact “per unit of sales” from 2006 levels by 45% by 2015. They also aim to eliminate CFCs in all of their products and equipment by 2010. To do this, GSK has begun to reduce the amount of material resources they use (and amount of waste produced) and redesign production processes.

To deal with the emission of CFCs, Glaxo-Smith Kline has been phasing out CFCs from their inhaler products and replacing them with HFAs, which have a lower impact on the environment. They have committed to a complete phase-out by the end of 2010 and are looking for alternatives to HFAs as well.

Glen Dimplex

Martin Naughton, Founder and Chairman

Glen Dimplex has recently expanded to include renewable energy systems such as solar, thermal, heat recovery and ventilation, smart controls, and wood pellet heating systems. Not only do these systems offer less CO2 emissions, they offer a local, inexhaustible resource for heating one’s home or business. Their heat pumps are accredited as part of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme [LCBP] and the Scottish Community & Householder Renewables Initiative.

Google

William Coughran, Jr., Senior VP, Engineering

Google has committed to being carbon neutral. They are increasing energy efficiency, getting energy from renewable sources through their Re<C and RechargeIT initiatives, and using carbon offsetting where necessary. Re<C works to develop clean energy that is cheaper than coal. RechargeIT works towards the mass commercialization of plug-in vehicles.

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