Companies Vs. Climate Change Europe 2017 Attendee List

Wednesday 4 October 2017


Registration/Networking Breakfast


Chairperson’s Opening Remarks


Betsy Reed

Sustainability & B Corp Consultant


Welcome Address


Cécile Jodogne

State Secretary, Brussels-Capital Region


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


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


Panel Discussion led by CO2logic


The theme of the panel discussion will be around ambitious climate action and carbon neutrality.

Arnaud Brohe

Carbon Consultant and Professor, CEO, CO2logic

Marc Van Meldert

Sr Director Health, Safety & Environment, UCB Pharma

Philippe :Deconinck

CSR Manager for the Environment and Supply Chain, Proximus

Ann Vandenhende
CSR Manager, Spadel




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 Officer, Solvay S.A.


Case study: How a Company’s Renewable Electricity Purchase Builds a New Power Plant


Companies combine documented renewable consumption with adding new renewable capacity to the grid. Preben Munch will show how corporations create circular additionality and financial leverage for new power plant projects.ECOHZ offers global renewable energy solutions documented by Guarantees of Origin in Europe, RECs in North America and International RECs (I-RECs) in a growing number of countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. ECOHZ also provides an innovative additionality solution – GO² – combining renewable energy purchases with the financing and building of new renewable power generation. Companies choosing documented renewable energy can reduce their carbon footprint and improve their sustainability ratings. ECOHZ endeavours to play an active role in the current energy transition through its vision of “changing energy behaviour”.

Preben Munch

Director, Corporate Customers & Strategic Partnerships, ECOHZ

Networking Break

The Carlsberg Group’s Plans Relating to Sustainability, referred to as “Together Towards ZERO.”


The Carlsberg Group will target zero carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030 and the 100 percent use of renewable electricity at its breweries by the year 2022.


Simon Boas Hoffmayer will discuss plans to halve brewery water usage by 2030 against a 2015 baseline, and also discuss their work with partners to improve water management in “high risk” areas around some breweries. The chief executive of the Carlsberg Group said that global challenges such as climate change and water scarcity required “strong collective action.”


Hoffmayer will share about how Carlsberg worked with an independent non-profit, the Carbon Trust, to set out science based targets for emissions reductions at levels which would help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

This mirrors one of the targets set out in the landmark Paris Agreement. Under the agreement, reached at the end of 2015, world leaders have committed to making sure global warming stays “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and to “pursue efforts” to limit the temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.


Simon Boas Hoffmeyer

Director, Group Sustainability, Carlsberg Group


Towards a Low Carbon and Circular Economy…. the Challenges and Opportunities for Steel


ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel producer. Steel is one of the most widely used materials, but because of amount of steel in our lives and infrastructure the sector has a globally significant carbon footprint. This talk will explain why this sector has the unique challenges and opportunities it has. A variety of innovations are being investigated to reduce the carbon emissions, these include differing forms of carbon sources, to carbon capture and utilization. The blast furnace in which new steel is made creates many by-products which are recycled back into the process or used in other industries such as cement, in road construction, as fertilizer or in glass.Steel, however, once made is hugely important and remains in use for millennia. Due to its strength and adaptability it’s use ranges from food packaging to white good, from cars and ships to skyscrapers and from road barriers to bridges. 87% of steel is recycled and it can be recycled infinitely with little or no change in its properties. Additionally innovations in the manufacture of steel are enabling it to help other industries reduce their carbon footprints, for example high strength steels, such as one we named Usibor, can reduce up to 20% in the weight of vehicles. So while there are great challenges to the steel industry we also see growing opportunities which will help the world develop.

Alan Knight

Corporate Responsibility, General Manager, ArcelorMittal


Speaking slot reserved for qualified sponsor.


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Jason Youner, CEO

Companies Vs Climate Change



Networking Reception hosted by GreenPulse

Thursday 5 October 2017

Registration/Networking Breakfast

Chairperson’s Remarks


Betsy Reed

Sustainability & B Corp Consultant


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


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.


Christy Cooke

Account Manager, Supply Chain Program, CDP

Paul van den Kerkhoff

Head of Supplier Quality & Sustainability, Philips Lighting

Networking Break

Climate Leadership: Using Carbon Neutrality To Deliver Business Benefits


Three businesses talk about their carbon neutral journeys: How to align with the purpose of the business? What are the benefits of a 10 year commitment? How to measure the impact? ING, Freshfields and Sopra Steria will discuss very different approaches to meeting carbon neutral targets and the benefits to their businesses and low carbon sustainable development globally.

Moderator: Rebecca Fay

Chief Marketing Officer, Natural Capital Partners

Kaitlin Crouch-Hess

Environmental Program Manager, ING

Oliver Dudok van Heel

Head of Corporate Responsibility, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Isaline Medcalf

Deputy Head Group Corporate Responsibility Department, Sopra Steria


Radisson Blu Royal Hotels and Water Stewardship


Next to Climate Change, water is one of the world’s most pressing issues. It is estimated by the UN that by 2030, every second erson on earth will face water scarcity.


Companies can and should engage on water stewardship – reducing operational consumption but also looking at collaboration in their supply chain, working with local communities and other stakeholders in water basins.


Carlson Rezidor hotels became an endorser of the UN CEO Water Mandate in 2015.
Radisson Blu hotels lead on water stewardship, engage their guest in water mindfulness actions and bring WASH (Water Sanitation Hygiene) to their local communities. Radisson Blu hotels think BLU PLANET and always consider how they can contribute to SDG 6.


Learn more about why water should be on top of everyone’s agenda.


Inge Huijbrechts

Global Vice President Responsible Business, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group


Chairperson’s Remarks and Group Discussion


Betsy Reed

Sustainability & B Corp Consultant



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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


Carbon Pricing: What’s Your Exposure?


Companies and investors widely acknowledge that systemic changes are needed to make the transition to a low carbon economy envisioned by the Paris Agreement goals. A leader in the information economy, S&P Global is the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital markets – we believe data will be the key to unlocking climate solutions.


Current approaches to track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have created blind spots to some of the financial risks and opportunities. We will share some recent research on carbon pricing exposure by Trucost, now part of S&P Global, and show where companies can extract insights from their data to make the business case for action and low carbon investment.


Libby Bernick

Gloal Head of Corporate Business, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices

Networking Break

How ICT Solutions Can Reduce GHG Emissions in Various Sectors


The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry is unique in that it has the potential to enable all other industrial sectors to reduce their environmental impact. While ICT’s contribution to the overall carbon footprint is projected to increase marginally in the coming years, the transformative potential of ICT to enable savings in energy consumption, and subsequently GHG emissions, across all other industrial sectors is high. Research indicates a total GHG emission reduction potential of up to 10 gigatonnes of CO2e (including direct and indirect reductions), representing about 15 percent of the global GHG emissions in 2030. All of the industrial sectors studied show potential for ICT-enabled reductions of GHG emissions. In this presentation, Patrick Blankers will give a number of examples of how ICT solutions can reduce GHG emissions in various sectors. These examples include solutions in solar energy, connected traffic and smart cities.


Patrick Blankers

Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
Region West- and Central Europe, Ericsson


Group Discussion


Betsy Reed

Sustainability & B Corp Consultant

Friday 6 October 2017


Toyota’s New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge


While the world is trying to move toward “below 2°C” scenario, Toyota has, under the “New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge,” decided to challenge itself to reduce vehicle CO2emissions by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050. To realize this, in addition to mileage improvement of engine-driven vehicles, Toyota will promote the development of next-generation vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions—hybrid vehicles (HVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), electric vehicles (EVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs)— and further accelerate the spread of these vehicles.


These eco-friendly vehicles can start making a contribution to society only when they come into widespread use. Toyota will also cooperate with relevant stakeholders to provide support necessary for building the infrastructure for widespread adoption of EVs and FCVs.


Timothy Manuel

Managing Director

Toyota Belgium and Luxembourg


Chairperson’s Remarks


Betsy Reed

Sustainability & B Corp Consultant


Toyota’s New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge


While the world is trying to move toward “below 2°C” scenario, Toyota has, under the “New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge,” decided to challenge itself to reduce vehicle CO2emissions by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050. To realize this, in addition to mileage improvement of engine-driven vehicles, Toyota will promote the development of next-generation vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions—hybrid vehicles (HVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), electric vehicles (EVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs)— and further accelerate the spread of these vehicles.

These eco-friendly vehicles can start making a contribution to society only when they come into widespread use. Toyota will also cooperate with relevant stakeholders to provide support necessary for building the infrastructure for widespread adoption of EVs and FCVs.


Timothy Manuel

Managing Director

Toyota Belgium and Luxembourg


Helly Hansen Case Study


Issam will discuss his work as a researcher and technical expert at Helly Hansen. He will talk about his responsibilities in the Material and R&D team, and involvement in different projects, such as; testing, evaluating and assessing fabrics and technologies, as well as researching fabric and new technology innovations and working on CSR aspects including chemical management.

Issam Yousef

Researcher and Technical Expert, Helly Hansen

Networking Break

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


Betsy Reed

Sustainability & B Corp Consultant

Richard Ellis

VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Uwe Bergmann

Director Sustainability Management, Henkel

Philippe Weiler

Head of Sustainability, Lidl Belgium & Luxemburg


“Making The Seemingly Impossible Possible … Or How To Make The UN Sustainable Development Goals A Reality”


“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


Early Strategies Session


Cécile just published with New Angles partners a report titled « How CSR Changes Business ». Through the 8 month research, getting feedback from 130 decision-makers in 107 large companies, internationally, they put together a strategic thinking and awareness support tool, which will be shortly presented during the conference.

Cécile Demailly

Founder and Executive Consultant, Early Strategies


Group Discussion