Huge tech firms including Apple, Microsoft and Google, along with other major companies such as General Motors, Goldman Sachs, UPS and Walmart, are joining a White House-coordinated effort to create a global consensus on climate change.
Mashable reports that the companies are pushing for a strong agreement on the issue when it is negotiated in Paris this December, and are taking actions to expand the use of renewable energy while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and water use.
“The Paris talks are viewed as the last chance to limit manmade global warming to an upper limit of 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. By implication, the companies are also endorsing — or at least not objecting to — the Obama administration’s own climate goals, which are to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28% by 2025 compared to 2005 levels,” the article reports.
The White House announced today that the companies are signing on with the “American Business Act on Climate pledge.”
Mashable notes: “The corporate support for climate change action could affect the climate talks in Paris, since this is a new, influential corporate dynamic on the international stage. The tech companies who have signed on today together represent $1.3 trillion in revenue, based on 2014 data, according to a White House fact sheet.”