Responsible-Investor reported yesterday that the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) released its new Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), along with its 2010 Global 500 report. The top five companies (four of which are German) are: Siemens, Deutsche Post, BASF, Bayer and Samsung (Korea); each scored a 95 or better out of 100 for carbon disclosure and performance.

48 companies are recognized by the CPLI, including Lafarge, News Corp., Philips and Praxair. On the flip side, notable companies who didn’t respond are Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon.com. The CDP commented that only 19% of the Global 500 companies are showing significant reductions in their emissions; they monitor 4,700 companies worldwide.

“We need the benchmarking tools provided by the CDP and other actors to guide investment choices, increase investment flows, and align corporate incentives for low-carbon growth,” says World Bank President Robert Zoellick (Responsible-Investor).

According to the CDP, almost 9 out of 10 companies identified “significant opportunities’ in 2010 stemming from climate change, as a result of either regulatory, physical or commercial drivers. To read the full article, please click here.

It’s interesting to note that only 19% of the Global 500 companies are showing significant reductions in their emissions – why do you think this is? Could these companies be doing more to reduce emissions? Tell us your thoughts!