i3 | December 02, 2020

2020 Industry Report on GHG Emissions

Katie Reilly

More than ever, technology is providing the resources and leadership necessary to combat crises across the globe. While COVID-19 continues to impact consumers, businesses and communities, technology is providing telework and remote education tools along with digital health resources to keep the world healthy. And the industry is also responding to the climate change crisis with new solutions for consumers that reduce tech’s impact around the globe.

CTA is releasing its second annual 2020 Industry Report on GHG Emissions, that tracks the industry’s progress on climate change, quantifying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data from member companies that are publicly disclosing this information. CTA also is highlighting the collective and individual accomplishments of member companies in reducing GHG emissions year-over-year — both globally and in the U.S. This report is part of CTA’s pledge to encourage its members to calculate and publicly disclose their emissions while also recognizing individual company programs and initiatives.

Top Findings

We’re pleased to report positive results — including a 7.4% reduction in U.S. GHG emissions between 2017 and 2018 and a global decrease of 4.1% during the same time. These decreasing emissions trends occurred while the industry experienced growth of 11.4%, proving that the innovation and efficiencies that drive the industry forward also help to reduce GHG emissions.

Just as important are CTA members’ commitments to accurate, comprehensive and science-based reporting. CTA members aren’t just making statements about their commitment to combating climate change; they’re doing so through actionable efforts and real progress that’s based on sound science and in a manner sufficient to meet the Paris Agreement goals.

Our industry’s leadership as innovators, designers, inventors, engineers, chemists and data analysts is critical in ensuring the planet’s ability to thrive and support a growing population. We take this commitment seriously by creating the solutions necessary to address climate change. By continuing to track the progress tech companies have made toward reducing carbon emissions, we have a better understanding of how the industry can make a positive impact around the globe, now and for future generations. CTA is proud our members are leading the world down a path of sustainable business practices that will benefit consumers and the planet for generations to come. 

Science Based Targets Initiative

CTA is proud to recognize its members who have approved targets from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This year, our list includes 13 additional companies with approved targets over our first annual report released in 2019.

  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Accenture
  • Adobe Inc.
  • AT&T Inc.
  • Autodesk Inc.
  • Best Buy Co. Inc.
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Dell Technologies
  • Ericsson
  • HP Inc.
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Nikon Corp.
  • Panasonic Corp.
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Schneider Electric
  • Seagate Technology PLC
  • Sharp Corp.
  • Sony Corp.
  • T Mobile USA Inc.
  • Colgate Palmolive Co.
  • CVS Health
  • Grant Thornton UK
  • International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.
  • L'Oréal
  • Procter & Gamble Co.
  • Walmart Inc.
  • Yamaha Corp.

SBTi is a joint program of CDP, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund with the goal of promoting emission reductions sufficient for each participant to meet its quota for reaching Paris Agreement reductions. Once SBTi approves company plans, it sets company emission targets.

GO ONLINE: To learn more about the industry’s efforts and access the report, visit CTA.tech.

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