A business group including companies such as HP, Sony, Nokia and Nike have released the Tokyo Declaration, a joint call to tackle climate change. Signing the declaration at the Climate Savers Summit 2008 held by WWF and Sony in Tokyo, a dozen business leaders highlighted that the world’s greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by more than 50 percent by 2050. They added that emissions must peak and start to decline within the next 10 to 15 years in order to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.
“At Sony, we believe that it is impossible for a business to flourish in a degraded environment,” said Sony Chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer. “For this reason we are committed to using our technological ability and know-how to reduce our impact on the planet, and to help our customers reduce their impact at home.”
In the declaration the signing companies pledge to reach out to their business partners and urge them to undertake effective steps to reduce climate pollution. The companies also pledge to promote and enable a low-carbon lifestyle among their customers and consumers.
The signatories are Allianz, Catalyst, Collins, HP, Nike, Nokia, Novo Nordisk, Sagawa, Sony, Spitsbergen Travel, Tetra-Pak and Xanterra.