A new list from Climate Counts -- a non-profit organization which aims to bring businesses and consumers together to address climate change -- ranked businesses on their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease their carbon footprints.
The organization ranked the 145 largest companies in 16 industry sectors using a 100-point scale, based on 16 criteria. According to Climate Counts, these criteria included "efforts to assess their climate footprint, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support progress on climate legislation, and communicate their efforts clearly and comprehensively to consumers."
In its sixth year of corporate climate scorecards, Climate Counts found that 66 percent of the companies they ranked "have publicly available climate and energy strategies," versus only 25 percent in 2007.
Climate Counts Director Mike Bellamente wrote in the report, "Realizing the task at hand, business leaders are making remarkably innovative progress to minimize waste, employ renewable energy, and design products with a lower carbon impact – all while turning a profit and growing their business."
IBM was the only corporation from Climate Counts' top companies to earn a spot in the top 10 of Newsweek's 2012 500 greenest global companies. IBM and Hewlett-Packard earned the top two spots in their top 500 U.S. companies ranking.
The Climate Counts report card comes as global carbon dioxide emissions are at record levels. Emissions rose by 2.5 percent in 2011, to reach 34 billion metric tons. Current trends suggest they could increase another 20 percent by 2020.
Click here to see 2011's rankings, which saw the company take the top spot.
Below, find the highest-ranked companies from the Climate Counts report. Scores are out of 100 points.