Nike Vows Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2001 (ENS) - Nike Inc., an international sporting goods company, pledged Tuesday to slash greenhouse gas emissions across its operations worldwide. Nike also will measure greenhouse gas emissions from contracted manufacturing and shipping operations with the intent to ultimately reduce those emissions as well.

Nike's commitment came through a new Climate Savers memorandum of understanding with the World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions. In the Climate Savers program, World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions work with companies to pursue practical activities that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency, and promote the use of clean energy sources.

Emissions of greenhouse gases have been linked to the ongoing climate changes that threaten the survival of many plants and animals as well as the well being of people around the world.

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Nike Inc. is most famous for its line of athletic shoes, like this women's Air Trainer Escape (Photos courtesy Nike Inc.)
"Nike is making great strides in its effort to help save the planet," said David Sandalow, executive vice president of World Wildlife Fund. "Like many other businesses, Nike is moving ahead to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It's simply good, smart corporate citizenship."

Under the new agreement, World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions will work with Nike to achieve the following emissions reduction targets:

In addition, Nike will continue its progress toward eliminating sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) from its manufacturing facilities, with a goal of complete elimination of SF6 by June of 2003.

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Nike also makes other sporting goods, like this award winning Triax running watch, at facilities worldwide
"Our partnership with World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions demonstrates Nike's strong belief and support for responsible environmental action," said Sarah Severn, director of sustainable development at Nike. "We take very seriously the effects of climate change on our planet. Nike's reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will illustrate how environmental strategies can align with business goals and will hopefully inspire more businesses to address climate change."

Nike joins other Fortune 500 companies who have committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. For example, health care products giant Johnson & Johnson has pledged to reduce global warming gases by seven percent below 1990 levels by the year 2010, with an interim goal of four percent below 1990 levels by 2005.

Computer giant IBM Corporation plans to use energy conservation to achieve a four percent reduction in its average annual carbon dioxide emissions. IBM has already achieved a 20 percent reduction in global carbon dioxide emissions between 1990 and 1997.

Climate Savers participants agree to independent verification of their emissions reductions, and to share information about their progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions with other companies. Wiorld Wildlife Fund says that many U.S. companies already have boosted their profits and productivity by saving on energy costs while cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions.

"With approximately 750 contract factories worldwide manufacturing its products and employing some 500,000 people, Nike's commitment to measure and reduce greenhouse gases is significant," said Dr. Joseph Romm, director of the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. "The Climate Savers program has tremendous potential to mitigate climate change through the combined efforts of its present participants, including IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Polaroid, as well as future participants."

More information on Climate Savers is available at: http://www.worldwildlife.org/climate