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