CTA Releases First-Ever Report Tracking Tech Industry’s Carbon Emissions and Efforts to Combat Climate Change
ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 17, 2019--
Today, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) ® released its 2019 Industry Report on GHG Emissions, a new report tracking the consumer tech industry’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and operational efforts to combat climate change. The report presents GHG emissions data from CTA’s consumer tech manufacturers and service providers that are publicly disclosing their data and recognizes companies’ independent environmental achievements and goal-setting initiatives. The report details CTA member company commitments – from using renewable energy to building more efficient manufacturing plants – to cut emissions and reduce its impact on the environment.
CTA’s new initiative is focused on tracking and reporting the industry’s progress to reduce GHG emissions - both globally and in the United States – in an annual report. CTA’s first report looks at member emissions from 2016 to 2017, the most recent year data is available. According to the report, CTA members reduced GHG emissions in the United States by nearly 9%, a downward trend that reflects industry efforts to reduce GHG emissions in its operations. The report shows that global emissions from electronics companies increased by 2.7%. While this 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 consumer technology industry is committed to creating solutions that address climate change,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA. “This report is a key step to monitoring the progress we’ve already made – and understanding how we can continue to improve. Tech devices are more sustainable and efficient than ever – using fewer materials to produce and less energy to operate – and helping us to save energy and cut emissions by teleworking and automating tasks at home. Tracking our carbon emissions and sharing our progress will drive our industry to find even better ways to protect the planet for future generations.”
This report is part of the CTA Board of Industry Leaders’ (BIL) 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. As a part of the BIL’s agreement, CTA committed to the following:
The 2019 report details how member companies are meeting the CTA BIL resolution by advancing emission-reduction initiatives in the spirit of the Paris Agreement. Highlights from the report include:
For each annual report, CTA focuses on member companies whose primary business involves one or more phases of consumer electronics technology – from manufacturing to retailing electronics products or providing technology services. In order to highlight emission trends, CTA will only include companies that report to the CDP in both the current and prior reporting years in order to present meaningful comparisons. CTA’s annual report will not include any individual company reported data - all reported data is aggregated for electronic companies.
In addition to growing energy-saving 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 US 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%. Technology has also enabled consumers to shift to energy-saving habits such as telecommuting and e-commerce activities, shrinking our resource and electricity consumption.
About Consumer Technology Association:
As North America’s largest technology trade association, CTA ®is the tech sector. Our members are the world’s leading innovators – from startups to global brands – helping support more than 18 million American jobs. CTA owns and produces CES ® – the largest, most influential tech event on the planet. Find us at CTA.tech. Follow us @CTAtech.
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