Tom Popple, Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability, Natural Capital Partners
Fiona Ball, Head of Responsible Business, Sky
Simon Hotchkin, Head of Sustainable Development, Bettys and Taylors Group
Holly Beale, Datacenter Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft
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.
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.
All industrial activities have varying degrees of environmental impact caused by emissions, waste, and the use of energy and materials that result in pollution and depletion of natural resources. ABB has been working for many years to reduce its impacts, both within its own plants and offices, and those caused by its products.
As part of these efforts, ABB now uses less material and energy, streamlines its means of transportation and makes increasing efforts to design products that can be recycled.
Improving performance starts in the design phase of new products and processes. Tools and training are provided for design engineers to carry out environmental Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) to assess a product’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle. An LCA indicates where improvements can be made, for example in areas relating to material selection, energy efficiency and recycling.
Preben Munch from ECOHZ will speak about how companies can show leadership and guide their supply chain to be powered by 100% clean energy to reduce their own GHG Scope 3 indirect emissions.
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.
1) RE100 Breakout Session
Led by Constant Alarcon , RE100 Campaign Manager at The Climate Group
Leadership in renewable electricity sourcing: Lessons from RE100 members
Renewable and Buildings Senior Manager at LEGO Group
This moderated conversation will bring together companies that are accelerating the transition to clean energy systems through disruptive energy strategies. Following a short introductory presentation from RE100, they will discuss challenges and opportunities to reach their 100% renewable electricity target, share experiences of what good corporate leadership on energy looks like, and showcase how collaboration can help to scale up impact.
2) Circle Economy / ING Breakout Session
Led by Fieke de Haan – Lead Finance Programme Circle Economy
The circular economy as a key instrument to fight climate change
To reach the goals set during the COP 21 Paris Agreement it is estimated that additional emissions reductions of 15 billion tonnes CO2e per year need to be achieved by 2030. Circle Economy and the international consultancy Ecofys have estimated that circular economy strategies may deliver emissions reductions that could bridge that gap by half.
Our current linear take, make, waste economy is failing people and the planet. In a circular economy, the value of products and materials is maintained for as long as possible. Waste and resource use are minimized, and when a product reaches the end of its life, it is used again to create further value. By redesigning the way we fulfill our societal needs and make more efficient use of what we already have, we can significantly reduce our CO2 emissions.
This systems change asks for new business models, new ways of working together and a new approach to how we design our products. In this workshop we will focus on business models that enable the circular economy. What does the circular economy ecosystem look like and what are the opportunities and challenges for your organization in becoming (more) circular and thus fight climate change?
3) Scaling Corporate Water Solutions against Climate Change
Danone, Heineken, ING and Mars are co-hosting this interactive session to bring together other companies who understand that one of the biggest impacts of Climate Change, is Water Stress. Corporates who aim to be resilient to Climate Change recognize water stress within their operations, but also beyond. They are looking for ways to scale their efforts, address water challenges beyond their fence with their supply chain and the other stakeholders who share a water source.
Finance plays a critical role in scaling and commercialising efforts.
This session should help participants to know more about how to address and act on:
· Bottlenecks in scaling corporate water solutions,
· Best practices and pilot projects which have potential to be scaled
· Innovative financial solutions which are taking the role of banking, beyond traditional banking
· Ideas and ways to collaborate further
Examples of key questions for discussion:
· What are the key bottlenecks and challenges your company faces in scaling solutions?
· How do you address the water footprint in your supply chain and with other corporates?
· What are some of the pilot projects you are working on which you would like to see scaled?
· How do you look at Return on Investment as a criteria in your water efforts?
· What financial solutions can act as an incentive for companies to address water stress?
· What are the benefits of using commercial funding, when public sector funding is available?
· How can we work together to achieve more scalability in water solutions?
1. Danone: Jehanne Fabre, Programme Management Officer
2. Heineken: Jan-Willem Vosmeer, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
3. ING: Ambika Jindal, Global Water Lead, Sustainable Finance
4. Mars: Ian Knight, Global Site Sustainability Manager
4) Challenges regarding Climate change and Sustainable Finance solutions
Led by: Armand Ferreira
ING Wholesale Banking/Sustainable Finance
Companies need to make investments to cope with climate change, energy efficiency, lower carbon emissions, cope with waste management, water treatment, etc.
Which challenges are involved with this and which financial solutions have been developed for this (e.g. Green Bonds, Green Loans, Sustainability Improvement Loans, Sustainability Supply Chain Finance).
In 2015, prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), ASICS committed to set targets for CO2 emissions reduction based on the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBT).
ASICS recently finalized its new targets for 2030, including reducing the carbon footprint of its own operations by 33% in line with the Science-Based Targets initiative*, and cutting supply chain carbon emissions by 55% of 2015 levels per product manufactured.
These targets underpin a mid-term carbon strategy designed to propel the company’s CO2 reduction efforts going forward.
Romy Miltenburg will elaborate how ASICS has implemented its Science-Based Targets commitments on an operational level and how in practice the ASICS Group focuses on:
– Increasing the use of on-site and off-site renewable energy
– Increasing energy efficiency in high energy usage locations
– Introducing more energy-efficient equipment and vehicles
– Adopting energy-efficient design to new buildings, distribution centers and retail stores
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 Philips Lighting 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 Philips Lighting on their ambitions and the challenges they face to involve suppliers in active reduction of carbon emissions.
Renewable and Buildings Senior Manager at LEGO Group
Director, Supplier Sustainability and Audits, Signify
Supply Chain Account Manager at CDP
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.
GreenPulse enables corporations to contribute against climate change, without any effort or investment. As a third-party investor we own and operate solar power plants or wind turbines on the premises of the corporation. Via a corporate Power Purchase Agreement we sell the generated green electricity to the corporation.
But what if clients and employees of the corporation can co-invest, alongside GreenPulse, in the renewable energy project?
Mieke will showcase how this co-investment model raises awareness about the green image and sustainable efforts of the company, binds employees and gives a sustainable angle to engage clients.
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.
This session will look at examples of how Jacobs uses its Sustainability+ initiatives to address the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability on major infrastructure programmes.
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.
Global Head of Sustainability at bpost
Environmental Management Administrator – EMAS Unit European Parliament
Sustainability Expert R&D
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.
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.
At Mondelez International, building positive impact for people and our planet is at the core of who we are and accelerates our growth. Aside global sustainability actions, many of the smartest ideas creating a positive impact come also from colleagues closest to the work. These ideas inspire us to make a difference and have a significant environmental and economic impact on the world. If you think that being more sustainable requires large investments, think again! Some of the winning projects carry no or a limited cost and have immediate benefits.