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Thursday’s report, titled ‘Road to Zero Emissions’, assessed 55 leading global companies in technology and other sectors to determine whether their climate efforts align with Paris Agreement goals. . The main global climate pact has set the ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius pre-industrial temperatures. To stabilize the climate at this level, the world must reach “net zero” emissions by 2050.

The report notes that the vast majority of companies have not even set comprehensive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, most have not “demonstrated progress in reducing their emissions in line with net zero goals.” (To be fair, it’s not like governments are doing a great job either.)

Microsoft was one of only two companies to receive an A, and the only technology company to do so. Alphabet received a B and Apple recorded a B-. Apple and Microsoft were the only two companies making significant efforts to reduce Scope 3 emissions, a term that refers to carbon pollution associated with non-company-owned assets, such as supply chains. These are generally the main sources of company emissions. Microsoft received the top rating mainly due to its transparency in reporting emissions and its clear targets to reduce them in line with the 1.5 degree Celsius target.

Tesla, on the other hand, ranked at the bottom of the list with a big F. That puts it even below well-known polluters like Chevron and Exxon, despite being an electric vehicle company. The company’s poor rating reflects the fact that it ranked lowest for disclosures, along with Berkshire Hathaway and Square. “Tesla represents an interesting case of a company that creates products important to the energy transition but has a serious lack of disclosure about its own emissions,” the report said. The company hasn’t set a climate target either, although again its product is absolutely essential to help get the world on track so we don’t cook ourselves.

Square and Meta also received low ratings, earning an F and a D respectively. As You Sow found that Square did not meet any of its emissions targets in any category. It may have something to do with the company’s focus on energy-intensive bitcoin. (CEO Jack Dorsey claims Bitcoin can reduce emissions, a claim that is, to put it lightly, quite sketchy.)

Meta, on the other hand, received an “A” for its disclosures, but received a D for its emissions goals and an F for its ability to meet those goals. The company has released upbeat reports on its efforts, which show the company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 59% between 2017 and 2020. It has also invested significantly in renewable energy. But the As You Sow report revealed that Meta was significantly behind in resolving its scope 3 shows.

Square and Meta did not respond to immediate requests for comment. As for Tesla…well, maybe it’s time they rejoin a public relations team.

This story was updated March 4, 2022 to include more information about Tesla’s rating.