Sony joined Climate Savers in July 2006.
Climate Savers is a program that partners the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature)*1 with companies to plan and carry out efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions using a variety of methods.
Companies emit large amounts of CO2 in the course of producing and processing their products, transporting them, doing office work, and other activities. In Japan, business and the public sector are said to emit approximately 80% of total emissions. The WWF therefore started the Climate Savers program in 2000 in the conviction that active efforts by companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be a key to preventing global warming.
Climate Savers companies set objectives that carry their environmental measures a step further than the efforts those companies had been making on their own. It is a condition of the program that the specific target values for greenhouse gas reduction a company sets must be absolute values rather than emissions per basic unit. The WWF and a third-party organization verify whether target values have been achieved.
One of the most distinctive features of Climate Savers is the way it reinforces a company's autonomy and links it to credibility and transparency. As of March 2007, there were 12 companies from a variety of business categories participating in this program around the world.