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As you can see we have an outstanding group of speakers. CvCC is highly interactive and all participants contribute to the conversation. Join us in Brussels this October as we explore the most cutting edge corporate climate solutions.


Arcelormittal, as the world's largest steel producer will highlight the benefits steel can bring to reducing users of steel carbon footprint and the measures being taken to reduce their direct carbon emissions. This will include their pilot of carbon capture and utilisation where CO2 is being converted into other useful products. He will also highlight how public policy needs to shaped to incentives these investments.

A carbon border tax is the best answer on climate change. The aim should be both to reduce emissions from Europe’s production and consumption. The answer is the introduction of border carbon adjustments to protect European competitiveness. We need to ask ourselves what success really looks like. An outcome where jobs are exported and carbon is imported — with no meaningful impact on total global emissions? Or a fair and equitable policy that incentivises investment and reduces emissions, while enabling the long-term sustainability of Europe’s steel industry?
Alan Knight
Corporate Responsibility, General Manager, ArcelorMittal

How Software And Technology Will Shape Climate Challenges In The Near Future.

SAP is supporting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and helping to end poverty, protect the planet, fight diseases, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. We are helping countries, private and public sector organizations, and everyday citizens control risk, ensure regulatory compliance, operate with efficient resources, and innovate new business models in the digital economy. In my presentation I will talk about SAP’s sustainable corporate company strategy, the environmental programs and initiatives at SAP and how software solutions and technology can help to overcome climate challenges.

How SAP Impacts the Environment
Climate change touches everyone and will impact the lives of future generations. Whether in rural or urban areas, the need for water, clean energy, and responsible development is key to continued prosperous life on this planet.
Marcus Wagner
Director Sustainability, Global Environmental Management, SAP SE

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Jason Youner, CEO
Companies Vs Climate Change

Decarbonization as a business opportunity - Highlights from Siemens' CO2-neutral program

Ralf Pfitzner will present a case study of Siemens’ CO2 neutral program, i.e. our ambition and key levers how we tackle a 50 percent carbon emission reduction by 2020 and CO2 neutrality by 2030. This will include examples /success stories from energy efficiency projects at our manufacturing sites that may inspire others as well. Key message: carbon neutrality is a business case for Siemens.

This might be framed with a bigger picture of how we view the global need for decarbonization and explore a bit on contributions from our portfolio.

Climate Change & Energy Supply

The scientific consensus is clear: our climate is changing. Between 1850 and the beginning of the 21st century, the average temperature on the earth's surface rose by 0.76° Celsius. The period between 1994 and 2005 included 11 of the 12 warmest years on record. Since the beginning of industrialization, the warming of the earth's surface has been accompanied by a massive increase in greenhouse gas emissions. The concentration of CO₂ in the atmosphere is now at the highest level in 800,000 years.

Climate change is closely linked to shifting demographics. Due to world population growth and ongoing globalization, the amount of power generated worldwide will increase more than 60 percent by 2030. Emerging and developing countries will account for two-thirds of this increase. Drastic measures will be required to limit the rise in global temperature to a maximum of 2° Celsius. Innovations are the most effective means of combating the negative consequences of climate change – innovations relating to energy efficiency, power generation, power distribution and energy consumption. As a world-leading supplier of products, solutions and services for the entire energy conversion chain, we're a pioneer in all these fields. Our technologies are enabling us to push the efficiency of fossil-fuel power plants, wind farms and solar power systems, develop smart power grids, boost the energy efficiency of production facilities and create energy saving lighting systems.
Ralf Pfitzner
VP Sustainability, Siemens
Walgreens Boots Alliance

“Net Zero” Stores as a Climate Solution at Walgreens Boots Alliance

“Making the Seemingly Impossible Possible … or How to Make the UN Sustainable Development Goals a Reality” Why there is a need for a long term strategy that demonstrates that everyone wins. The importance of winning the hearts and minds of the Finance Community. A case study of how we had delivered a 30% reduction in Boots Carbon footprint over a decade through a series of activity that have been embedded into activities such as Waste and Recycling.

At Walgreens Boots Alliance, we are determined to address the threat of climate change. We pursue many practical activities which contribute to the overall reduction of our carbon footprint.

Walgreens continues learning from ‘net zero’ store in the USA Walgreens ‘net zero’ energy retail store located in Evanston, Illinois, which is capable of producing at least as much energy as it uses Walgreens ‘net zero’ store opened in November 2013 and is believed to be the first net zero energy retail store in the USA. The store, located in Evanston, Illinois is connected to the regular power supply but is capable of producing at least as much energy as it uses.

It is the first Walgreens location to bring together all the innovative green technologies tested at other stores and facilities, showing how they can work together in a single building. The net zero concept is part of Walgreens overall sustainability plan to reduce energy use by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020 across approximately 8,200 stores.

Outside, there are 850 solar panels across the roof, two 35-foot-tall wind turbines at the front of the property and an electric vehicle charging station. Inside signage explains the net zero concept and the systems in place that allow the store to achieve it, including LED lighting and daylight harvesting, carbon dioxide refrigerant for heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment and energy efficient building materials.

The store received platinum certification through the U.S. Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) program and has received GreenChill platinum certification through the U.S. EPA. GreenChill’s Store Certification Program was designed for supermarkets, and this is the first time a GreenChill certification has been awarded to a small-format store, such as a convenience store or pharmacy.
Richard Ellis
VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Lidl Case Study: Sourcing Responsibly

We know our customers expect a lot from our products, not just high quality and best value but that they are sourced fairly and responsibly. For us this means being committed to truly understanding the environmental and social issues that face our global supply chain and applying our influence as a retailer to continuously drive positive change.

Sourcing responsibly not only helps us to meet the high standards our customers expect but ensures that our products are sustainable.

Sourcing responsibly is complex and cannot be achieved overnight. Nor is there a defined end goal. It is rather a continual journey. Our approach to date has targeted our key commodities and ingredients.
Philippe Weiler
Head of Sustainability, Lidl Belgium/Luxemburg

Henkel's Strong Commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

At Henkel, we are committed to leadership in sustainability – and this commitment is anchored in our company values. We are actively supporting the achievement of the SDGs: The 17 goals represent a significant step forward in understanding the challenges and opportunities that need to be addressed in order to drive progress toward sustainable development.

The SDGs cover the full breadth of sustainability-related issues that are relevant for all stakeholders – both developing and developed nations, businesses as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and parties at all stages of the value chain across all industries and sectors. By providing a common understanding and a shared focus, the SDGs will help structure discussions at national and industry levels, and will support diverse organizations in identifying priorities and entering into meaningful collaboration. This type of collective action is centrally important to success: By joining forces and bringing our individual activities together, we will be able to achieve much stronger progress toward sustainability than we could by acting separately.

Key issues and challenges
Of course, putting the SDGs into action also presents some challenges, as is to be expected from any activity that reflects such a variety of parties with such a broad set of interests – and that confronts challenges with such wide-reaching scope.

It will be essential to prioritize goals, balancing interests and defining contributions at national and industry levels, if we are to make meaningful progress. Stakeholders around the world will need to learn together and identify effective ways to contribute to the 17 goals and their respective targets in a consistent and transparent manner. In particular, it will be important to create clarity on how existing measurement approaches can be leveraged and consolidated to provide meaningful data on progress.

Our approach and commitments
Henkel has been following the developments around the SDGs closely, and continuously reviewing the targets and initiatives that make up our sustainability approach to ensure they reflect the priorities set out by the 17 SDGs.

Due to our long history of working intensively on all dimensions of sustainability, as well as our broad product portfolio and presence in diverse markets, Henkel’s activities support almost all of the goals. Our targets and initiatives make a particularly strong contributions to Goal 8 (decent work and inclusive, sustainable economic growth) and Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production). Similarly, Goal 4 (quality education) is very closely related to many of our activities around social topics, while the partnership emphasized by Goal 17 (partnerships for the goals) is very closely aligned with the dialog- and collaboration-driven approach that has been central to our sustainability activities for many years.

Henkel demonstrated its commitment to climate change by joining the CEO Climate Leaders pledge – an open letter that urges world leaders to provide an ambitious, binding climate agreement in Paris. Energy and climate are integral parts of Henkel’s “Factor 3” strategy to become three times more efficient by 2030. Hereby, Henkel focuses on the efficient use of energy, reducing the energy use of its worldwide operations and preventing greenhouse gas emissions. In the decade between 2004 and 2014, the company reduced energy consumption by 46 percent and cut the corresponding CO2 emissions by 42 percent.
Uwe Bergmann
Director Sustainability Management, Henkel

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Jason Youner, CEO
Companies Vs Climate Change

Solvay Case Study: Building a New Model of Sustainable Chemistry

Solvay Committed To Fighting Climate Change
Human activities resulting in greenhouse gas emissions are numerous and diverse. As the world population grows, the number of issues relative to warming of the climate system increases.

Solvay identifies climate change to be one of the greatest global challenges and joined leaders calling to act on greenhouse gases emissions at the United Nations Climate Summit last June. The magnitude of the challenge requires a credible commitment of all main emitting countries to a strategy for reducing their emissions both in the short and long terms.

How to progress the SPM analysis of one product in one application?

The SPM methodology serves as a strategic tool to develop information on our portfolio and analyze the impacts of sustainability megatrends on our businesses.

Step 1
Environmental footprint of the product

Step 2
Assessing the fit with the sustainability challenges in the market place

Step 3
Action plans to accelerate business growth and mitigate risks

Solvay provides solutions that match the sustainability needs of the marketplace: not only obvious solutions such as biodegradable products for soaps and shampoos, or renewable-based solvents for paints and coatings but also more complex solutions that ultimately enable consumers to reduce their energy consumption or the amount of wasted food they generate, to address the limitations from ageing, or to favor the treatment given at home.

Michel Bande
Corporate Sustainability Office, Solvay S.A.
Philips Lighting

Embedding sustainability throughout the value chain: perspectives from Philips Lighting & CDP

Philips Lighting believes that climate change and the growing need for energy consumption ask for innovative solutions and a transformation in behaviour of companies and people. As communicated in the company’s 2020 sustainability strategy ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ Philips Lighting contributes with energy-efficient products, carbon neutrality for its own operations, and reaches out to suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint.

Philips Lighting has partnered with CDP for several years as a member of the Supply Chain Program – a group of 100+ leading global organisations with almost $3 trillion of combined purchasing power. CDP will present on this partnership to-date and the importance of effective supplier engagement for driving climate action.
Carla Neefs
Director Supplier Sustainability, Philips Lighting

Christy Cooke
Account Manager, Supply Chain Program, CDP
Panel Discussion

This panel will delve into a variety of topics including: - sustainable sourcing
- renewable energy
- the circular economy
- the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- waste and recycling

Jill Duggan
Chairperson, Director of Policy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Richard Ellis
VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Uwe Bergmann
Director Sustainability Management, Henkel

Philippe Weiler
Head of Sustainability, Lidl Belgium & Luxemburg