Climate change and sustainability has become one of the most concerning issues of this century for scientists, governments and businesses. Today’s investors care not only for companies share prices or its revenue, but also for their Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) policies. Currently, there is a market of more than $30 trillion in assets managed by funds that follow such principles.
The world’s largest microchip manufacturer has committed zero its hazardous waste production and recycle 90% of the non-hazardous waste by this year.
The company has also invested more than $145 million in energy-conservation projects that save an estimated 3.19 billion kWh of energy.
Intel is also the largest voluntary purchaser of green power in the United States, which also shows their efforts towards emission reductions and environmental conservation.
Most big companies nowadays are taking the necessary measures to make sure that their facilities are energy-efficient and get the appropriate LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications. Apple took it to the next level with the 2,800,000 sq ft wide“Apple Park” in 2017.
Envisioned by Steve Jobs more than 10 years prior, the Neo-futuristic building is designed as a central four-story circular building with more than 80% of green space, making the 12,000 employees more like in a natural refuge than in an office.
It cost almost $5 billion and is considered one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world. The entire complex is powered by renewable energy, 75% of it by its solar roof, one of the biggest in the world.
State of Texas
Despite being home for most of the US oil and gas industry, Texas has also a long history with green energy, researching wind power since 1970. With land availability and favorable wind currents, the Lone Star State is the largest wind energy producer in the US.
Electricity markets in Texas were deregulated in 2002, meaning that 85% of the power consumers in the state were free to choose their providers. This was a great boost to newer and greener power companies, as customers have migrated to greener alternatives over the years.
The City of Houston is one of the largest purchasers of renewable energy, covering about 75% of its annual electricity needs, and the Port of Corpus Christi County, the third largest in the country, has been entirely running on 100% renewable energy for two years in a row.
Dunkin’, one of the largest coffee shop chains in the world, has been making environmental-friendly improvements for the past 15 years, ranging from sustainable buildings, sourcing and packaging.
Their latest green decision was in 2018 to substitute the non-recyclable polystyrene foam cups for paper-made cups in all their stores. Dunkin’ estimates that this change is removing around 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream every year.
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ has more than 12,500 restaurants in 46 countries, and has been ranked #1 for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running.