Bloomberg Philanthropies is a founding partner of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. With a mission to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people, Bloomberg Philanthropies focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: the Environment, Public Health, Education, Government Innovation, and the Arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving, and distributed $510 million in 2015. For more information, please visit Bloomberg.org or follow Bloomberg Philanthropies on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.
Since its inception in 1995 in Shenzhen, China, BYD Company Ltd. quickly grew into a green-tech giant and relentless advocate of sustainable development, as well as a pioneer in successfully expanding its New Energy solutions globally. Specializing in battery technologies, its sustainability mission to create a Zero Emission Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made the company an industry leader in the energy and technology sectors.
BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, and its quest for creating safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies led to the development of its proprietary Iron-Phosphate Battery – a long-cycle, lengthened lifespan, fire-safe and completely recyclable battery – that has become the core of its clean energy platform, extending into comprehensive ground transportation and energy storage solutions. BYD and its shareholders – among them notable American investor Warren Buffett – see sustainable development through technological advancement in products and solutions as the only way into the future.
BYD’s efforts, perseverance, social responsibility and accomplishments in sustainability have garnered widespread global recognition. 2015 was a year of outstanding achievements for the company: five years after they were first introduced, its Electrified Public Transportation solutions – with pure electric taxis and buses now running in more than 200 cities worldwide – have accumulated hundreds of millions of kilometers, representing colossal cuts in fossil fuel usage, thus preventing over 240 million tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere. BYD also closed 2015 as the world’s largest New Energy automaker. In 2016, the company was granted the Large Corporation Award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize for its solid contribution to sustainable development in the energy sector. For more information, please visit us at www.byd.com or www.facebook.com/bydcompany.
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