WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- While debate in the United States continues over how to forge an economically-sound climate policy, a number of leading electronics companies have already developed or are developing products that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to a new study released today, these products are lowering costs for companies and their customers, and creating new market opportunities. "How information and electronics technologies change our environment will be the product of choices by industry, consumers, and the government," says Frances Irwin, a fellow at the World Resources Institute, and co-author of the new report, Taking a Byte Out of Carbon: Electronics Innovation for Climate Protection. "We are convinced that the industry that launched the information revolution can make a big difference in tackling greenhouse gas emissions." The report was released jointly by the Washington, DC-based World Resources Institute (WRI), which focuses on issues of environment and sustainability, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), a trade group of 2,100 companies representing the entire spectrum involved in the design and manufacture of electronic products, and the International Cooperative for Environmental Leadership (ICEL), a group of companies that works with governmental agencies and other stakeholders to advance state-of-the-art climate protective industrial technologies. Taking a Byte Out of Carbon illustrates how "intelligent technologies" place the electronics industry in a prime position to provide practical solutions to the climate challenge. These technologies have led to the development of products that more precisely calibrate energy use; make cars, appliances, buildings, airplane engines, and industrial processes more energy efficient; and assist in reducing the need for energy-intensive travel. By highlighting these activities the report hopes to increase awareness of climate protective technologies and stimulate further innovation. The report presents these innovations through profiles of 14 corporate initiatives that have developed "smart products" that also benefit the climate. Three underlying technologies are highlighted -- displays, bandwidth and sensors -- that help people work, live and produce goods and services in ways that emit fewer greenhouse gases. These companies include: AT&T Corporation, Canon, Honeywell Inc., IBM Corporation, Intel Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Motorola Inc., Nortel, Panasonic, Sharp Corporation, Texas Instruments Incorporated, and United Technologies Corporation.
SOURCE World Resources Institute