Eco-Innovation Initiative Partners


The European Climate Foundation is dedicated to developing and implementing well-crafted climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe's global greenhouse gas emissions. Key elements of a sustainable energy future include: a substantial increase in energy efficiency, a successful transition from conventional to renewable energy; maintenance of the earth’s ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide; and equitable distribution of energy services to different members of the population, both internationally and within nations. Visit www.europeanclimate.org


Google is committed to helping to build a clean energy future. As our business grows, we want to make sure we minimize our impact on the Earth's climate. So we’re taking every step we can to implement innovative and responsible environmental practices across our company to reduce our carbon footprint, ensure efficient computing and help our employees be green. We are also providing tools that enable our users to make their lives more green, such as RE<C, an initiative aimed at creating utility-scale renewable electricity that is cheaper than coal, RechargeIT initiative, which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of plug-in vehicles and "smart charging" applications, PowerMeter that allows people to see detailed home energy information in near real-time right on their computer, Solar Panels (In the summer of 2007, with an eye toward bringing solar power into the mainstream, we switched on one of the largest corporate solar installations in the United States at our Mountain View headquarters. Our 9,212 solar panels produce 1.6 MW of electricity), Green Employee Programmes, designed to reduce our corporate carbon footprint, and help our employees stay green too thanks to shared bikes, biodiesel shuttles to and from work for more than 1500 Googlers per day. Visit www.google.com/cop15


IBM has had long-standing corporate policies of providing a safe and healthful work place, protecting the environment, and conserving energy and natural resources, which were formalized in 1967, 1971 and 1974 respectively. IBM is a member of the Eco-Patent Commons. Launched by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this platform was founded on the commitment that anyone who wants to bring environmental benefits to market can use these patents to protect the environment and enable collaboration between businesses that foster new innovations. The objectives of the Eco-Patent Commons are to provide an avenue by which innovations and solutions may be easily shared to accelerate and facilitate implementation to protect the environment and to promote cooperation and collaboration between businesses that pledge patents and potential users to foster further joint innovations and the development of solutions that benefit the environment. Since the launch of the Eco-Patent Commons in January 2008, almost one hundred eco-friendly patents have been pledged by nine companies: Bosch, DuPont, IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes, Ricoh, Sony, Taisei and Xerox. Visit http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/index.shtml?&re=sph


Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 121,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of €26 billion in 2008, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. Visit www.asimpleswitch.com

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 Stéphanie Lepczynski, Associate Director

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