Hybrids in, plastic bags out: Even energy CEOs are thinking greener

June 5, 2008

werner.jpgAt the Reuters Global Energy Summit this week, Reuters reporters and editors spent a lot of time talking to energy CEOs and other top industry executives about soaring oil prices, carbon caps, and the outlook for renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

Then, we got personal.

Before we let them go, we asked the Summit guests what they were doing to reduce their own carbon footprints.

Predictably, the CEO of solar power company SunPower, Tom Werner, said he had solar panels on his house. OK, that was a no-brainer. But Werner is also an avid gardener who throws his groceries in the back of his car rather than use the supermarket’s plastic bags.

Other answers were more surprising, including when Steve Leer, CEO of coal company Arch Coal, said he was in the market for an electric car. Or, maybe that’s not so surprising, considering plug-in electric cars are recharged by power from the grid, much of which is generated by coal-fired plants. Hmmm. Food for thought, at least.

For our complete list of what energy executives are doing to reduce their carbon footprints, click here.


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Jim Van Dame

Posted by jim van dame | Report as abusive

If CEOs were really thinking green, we’d go with a 4 day/10 hour work week and/or promote more telecommuting. It’s estimated 20% of workers could do 100% of their jobs from home. Imagine what we’d save on commuting, alone.

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