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Cleaner Companies

The Carbon Disclosure Project has been tracking the carbon footprint of S&P-500 members since 2003. This year, for the first time, its report ranks companies based on their plans and actions to reduce emissions. This year, 332 companies responded to the voluntary survey, vs. 321 a year ago

For 2009, the project actually applied a performance metric, but since it is a pilot program, the project has opted not to release specific numbers. Instead, it has released the names of the 14 companies that posted the highest scores.

Questions asked of each company in the survey range from whether it has reduced emissions from last year to whether the company meets with policy makers to figure out how it could cut emissions. Specific questions in the survey were given a point value and added to come up with the list of 14 companies. (You can read more about the methodology by clicking here. The full report is here.)

Click on to see the list of companies (in alphabetical order). We've also included their total 2008 emissions where available.

Posted Oct. 13, 2009

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