Every time you open your wallet, the choices you make affect how quickly the world will warm.
Corporations are trying to limit their greenhouse emissions, but some are doing better than others. To test your credentials as a green consumer, BuzzFeed News obtained data from the environmental accounting firm Trucost, part of S&P Global, for the three top-performing US companies in each of six categories, judged by their emissions in metric tons of carbon dioxide per million dollars in revenue. This allowed us to award them gold, silver, or bronze status, based on their performance in 2017 — the most recent year in the data.
Costco is focused on energy efficiency in its warehouses, and has a goal of keeping the growth of its carbon footprint smaller than the growth in sales.
Estée Lauder’s goal is to be carbon-neutral by 2020. Part of the company’s climate strategy includes purchasing carbon offsets to counter its emissions.
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In 2014, Nordstrom said it would reduce the intensity of its energy use by 15% by 2020. It has already exceeded that goal.
McDonald’s set a goal to reduce the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions by 31% across its supply chain by 2030 from 2015 levels. The latest Trucost data shows that the company is making progress.
There’s no ignoring the huge emissions numbers for any airline, but United has made some progress in improving the fuel efficiency of its fleet of aircraft.
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Providing home comforts, like air-conditioning and freshly laundered bed linens, uses energy, but Wyndham has managed to keep its greenhouse emissions low.