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By Elliot Grimm

Policy

G R E E N P O L I CY

New Report Tracks Industry
Progress on Climate Change

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ore than ever, technology is making a difference in
lives across the globe. As the current COVID-19 crisis
unfolds, consumers, communities and businesses are
benefitting from industry innovations. Telework tools are helping companies and governments stay operational while telehealth resources are keeping patients connected with doctors
and care. As the industry continues to improve the lives of consumers, it is increasingly focused on maintaining the health of
our planet, too. And one of the industry's most critical priorities
is addressing the issue of climate change.

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Looking at the Trends

Now, a new CTA report aims to monitor
the industry's progress by tracking its
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and
operational efforts to combat climate
change. The 2019 Industry Report on
GHG Emissions tracks GHG emissions
data from CTA's consumer tech manufacturers and service providers, presenting it both globally and in the U.S.
According to the report, from 2016 to
2017, emissions from company-controlled sources including fuel combustion, transportation and heating, and
upstream sources of company energy
consumption such as electricity
decreased by 9% in the U.S. This
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downward trend is reflective of industry
efforts to reduce GHG emissions in its
operations, which is making an impact in
the US. Global emissions from electronics companies, however, increased by
2.7%. While the increase shows there is
still progress to be made, industry growth
from 2016 to 2017 was more than four
times that (11.7%), emphasizing how
emission-reducing initiatives can counteract a rapidly growing industry.
The report also looks at individual
company achievements as well. Major
companies including Facebook, Google
and Walmart have committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy by
2050. Companies such as Apple and

AMD are focused on more efficient cloud
processing and storage, which is lowering
energy consumption while helping
enable remote work for employees and
create new e-commerce innovations.

Tracking Climate Change

The new report stems from a CTA Board
of Industry Leaders' resolution to continue climate change efforts following
the spirit of the Paris Agreement, made
in 2017 shortly after the U.S. announced
its intention to withdraw. With the resolution, CTA committed to measuring the
industry's GHG emissions and issuing
an annual report tracking CTA members' progress.
Two notable industry initiatives have
also meant big savings for consumers
and the environment. Since 2012, the
Set-Top Box Voluntary Agreement has
saved consumers more than $5 billion
in energy costs and avoided 30 million
metric tons of CO2. The industry's similar agreement for home internet equipment has reduced its average idle mode
energy usage by 66% and overall met
greater energy efficiency standards.
In addition to these growing energysaving operations, industry innovation
is creating more sustainable products
that do more while using less. One
CTA report found that even though the
number of tech devices in U.S. homes
increased 21% from 2013 to 2017, those
devices accounted for 25% less residential energy. Another CTA study found
home automation products - one of the
fastest-growing categories among consumer adoption - could reduce total
residential primary energy consumption
by as much as 10%.
GO ONLINE: Visit CTA.tech to learn more
about the industry's efforts on climate
change and sustainability.
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