Major U.S. companies disclose internal price on carbon pollution

CDP has released a report listing internal prices of carbon pollution reported by nearly 30 major companies based in or operating in the U.S. The 29 companies listed in the report span all sectors of the economy, and 27 of the companies are listed on the S&P 500.

CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, said the prices given by the companies range from $6 to $60 per metric ton. The Walt Disney Co. reported a price of $10 to $20 in the 2013 CDP filings, while Google noted a price of $14 and Xcel Energy reported a price $20. Other companies in the report are PG&E Corp., Wal-mart Stores Inc., Delta Airlines and Microsoft.

Companies who reported the internal cost of carbon pollution noted that while the additional cost is seen primarily as a risk, early action on emissions reductions can mean a competitive advantage over other companies that are not making reductions, the CDP stated.

The report is available at https://www.cdp.net/CDPResults/companies-carbon-pricing-2013.pdf.

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