How can businesses make a real impact on climate change? Does short term thinking prevent action to prevent long term damage? What are we waiting for?
For ABB, sustainability is about balancing economic success, environmental stewardship and social progress to benefit all our stakeholders. Sustainability is part of ABB’s corporate strategy and business success.
Focus on one of our key pillars of the strategy: energy innovation. This would cover why reducing energy use and emissions is important to Vodafone and what the business case is.
Sustainability considerations cover how we design and manufacture products, what we offer customers, how we engage suppliers, how we assess risks and opportunities, and how we behave in the communities where we operate and towards one another, while striving to ensure the health, safety, and security of our employees, contractors and others affected by our activities.
The business of growing great food is interconnected – it relies on farmers, food manufacturers, customers, consumers and governments all working together. And making breakfast for millions of people in 180 countries relies on great ingredients grown by great farmers! That’s why, by 2025, Kellogg has agreed to support the livelihoods of half a million farmers around the world through partnerships, research and training on Climate Smart Agriculture, addressing both food security and climate challenges. Concretely, this means helping farmers adapt and be resilient to climate change, optimize the use of fertilizer inputs and estimate greenhouse gas emissions and measure continuous improvement.
A ground-breaking project focusing on this last element is currently being run in Spain, where Kellogg and its partners are working with local rice farmers to measure how much GHG are emitted from Mediterranean rice fields, and more importantly, what can be done to reduce these emissions. After all, we have all heard about cows releasing a lot of methane into the atmosphere, but did you know that rice fields actually account for nearly a quarter of the global methane emissions from agriculture? The good news is that, based on this new research, rice farmers in Spain can potentially reduce their methane emissions by up to 90% by putting into place alternate irrigation methods.
“Today’s road transport systems are associated with air pollution, congestion, and GHG emissions. Scania has decided to take the lead in the shift towards sustainable transport. The company takes a holistic approach combining drivetrain and vehicle improvements, alternative fuels and electrification and services that help the customers to eliminate waste in their transport flows. During the session, you will hear about how Scania works with its customers and transport stakeholders to set up partnerships for change.”
We have been measuring direct energy use and taking steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions from our global business operations since 2011. In 2015, prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), we committed to set targets for CO2 emissions reduction based on the Science Based Targets (SBT) initiative.
SBT aims to encourage companies to pursue bolder carbon targets by helping them determine the level by which they must cut emissions to help prevent the worst impacts of climate change. Emissions reductions targets are considered science-based if they are aligned with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2ºC, compared with pre-industrial temperatures.
Our 2020 target is to reduce by 5% absolute CO2 emissions from our direct operations (Scope 1 & 2, 2015 baseline), including retail operations. We aim to achieve the CO2 reduction target together with our business target to increase our sales by over 70% from 2015 to 2020.
In 2016, although we continued a number of specific energy efficiency projects, CO2 emissions increased 6.5% from the baseline year due to the significant increase in the number of our own retail stores from 444 to 867, almost doubling our number of retail locations. This is partly explained by the fact that our stores in Korea have changed from partnered stores (out of scope) toASICS-owned stores (in scope).
Engaging suppliers to tackle carbon emissions
Emissions located in the supply chain are on average four times as high as those from direct operations. CDP, a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, will debate with Lego and Signify on the why and what of engaging suppliers. In this discussion, Kate Redington from CDP will speak with Andrew McMullen from Lego and Carla Neefs from Signify on their ambitions and the challenges they face to involve suppliers in active reduction of carbon emissions.
Being a food company means we rely on nature, agriculture and the farmers to do our job. Therefore climate change is a particular concern for us, especially since this has a significant impact on the natural cycles which play a vital role in the food system. It is in our interest and our responsibility to help fight climate change and contribute to achieving a decarbonized economy. This must start with reducing our own carbon footprint. We measure our impact including our full scope of emissions throughout the value chain, i.e. our direct and shared scopes of responsibility (meaning Danone’s related GHG emissions coming from raw materials and agriculture).
We can’t reach zero-net carbon within our full value cycle alone. Only by working together in partnership with our ecosystem of farmers, suppliers, customers and local communities we can make our vision a reality. Reaching our goal also means helping nature to sequestrate more carbon, tackling deforestation from our supply chain and managing all natural resources sustainably.
Mars’ goal is to decarbonise its value chain to deliver our share of the GhG reductions that the globe needs. This is a core element of our Sustainable in a Generation (SiG) plan which takes a science based approach to addressing climate change and other sustainability challenges that are most material to Mars. Mars is utilising renewable energy, improving factory energy efficiency and increasingly focusing on climate impacts associated with the agricultural part of our supply chain. Ian will discuss the SIG plan, the impact of our renewable energy program on energy efficiency, the connection between energy and water efficiency, the challenge of renewable thermal energy and Mars is beginning to connect its brands with its environmental actions.”
For Dell, environmental responsibility is about incorporating sustainability into everything we do, while using our technology and expertise to innovate on behalf of our customers, our communities and the planet. Energy efficiency is a key innovation driver for product development in Dell. In 2012, Dell was the first in the IT industry to set a goal of reducing energy intensity across the entire product portfolio by 80% in 2020 – with a progress of 60% to date. This helps our customers do more with less, saving energy and cost in their operations.
With the digital transformation changing the way we live and work, new solutions like virtualization and internet of things hold an even greater potential to deliver resource efficiency and carbon solutions across business and society.
In this presentation, Louise Koch will share highlights from the innovation journey of energy efficiency in IT solutions and unfold the potential of how digital solutions are driving sustainability and the fight against climate change.
Carbon Accounting 2.0 – From a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’. A conversation with sustainability managers from both public and private organizations. Recent trends show that carbon accounting is taking a more important role in management and continuous improvement strategies. This conversation will showcase real life examples of opportunities that have been seized and risk mitigation strategies that are being implemented by organization that calculate, reduce and disclose their carbon emissions in a world where emitting less carbon or offering products that are less carbon intense can become a key competitive advantage.
Sustainability initiatives do often not take place because of various reasons including financial budget constraints, internal competition for capital, innovation risks and project complexities and risks.
Servitization (in other words: turning products into services) is a trend that can help overcome these barriers. With the introduction of smart connected systems and management platforms will provide the data needed to successfully provide these services and truly unburden the market and help them to become more impactful.
Nedap Luxon is a connected lighting company mainly focusing on industrial and warehousing customers (think of Airbus, Hitachi, Costco, KLM etc.). In the lighting industry the concept of ‘lighting as a service’ is expected to have a profound impact on the speed with which sustainable lighting technologies will be adopted. Using real-life case studies and the results of a recent research project with a Dutch University, I can explore the role connected systems will play in accelerating the adoption of sustainable lighting in the market.
As companies come under increasing pressure to set emission reduction targets that align with science, how can they ensure they are delivering tangible business value? Three companies talk about how their programmes do more than just meet a % reduction each year: creating supply chain resilience, aligning with operational efficiency goals, or delivering reputational benefits.