When we talk about climate change and what to do about it, we most frequently talk about energy. But water is just as important. If left unmitigated, many of the impacts climate change will be felt in water, from rising seas, receding glaciers and erratic precipitation patterns to salt-water infiltration in farm lands, drop-offs in water quality and rising water costs for industry.
The good news is that today, we have the technology to build circular, climate-friendly water management practices that make business sense. Ecolab’s VP of Sustainability Emilio Tenuta will highlight how companies in all sectors of the economy can identify their water risks and take practical, money-saving steps to reduce their water and energy use along with their greenhouse gas emissions. Taken to scale, these strategies and technologies will help companies hit ambitious climate targets and cut operating costs in a water-constrained world.
While national governments have committed to mitigating and managing the impacts of climate change, local governments are left with trying to figure out how and when to act. As a global manufacturer, we are faced with a patchwork of regulations and varying levels of customer demand for climate friendly technologies. Our climate commitment required the implementation of a strong business operating system that forces us to develop long term solutions that appeal to customers who may only be thinking about today. Companies will learn how to avoid some of the pitfalls we have overcome.
Kohler Co. is a globally diversified operation with a long-term vision of Net Zero 2035. Recently Kohler Co. signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will provide enough renewable electricity to power all company operations in the US and Canada. This project is expected to lower Kohler’s global GHG footprint by 26%.
Besides this investment, the company drives energy efficiency improvement in manufacturing processes, buildings, and truck fleet. They are installing onsite renewable energy projects around the world. In addition, Kohler is implementing new manufacturing technologies, and developing new products and materials that require less energy to produce.
This panel discussion will bring together Kohler Co. business partners to discuss our experiences with renewable energy, manufacturing improvements and overall sustainability management.
Carbon footprint management and fuel efficiency improvement are critical to our commitment to operate an environmentally sustainable airline. In an effort to maintain this commitment, United has made significant investments in a modern, fuel-efficient fleet while implementing operational and procedural changes to drive fuel conservation.
Since 1994, we’ve improved our fuel efficiency by more than 34 percent. United has more than 370 aircraft with winglets that deliver 3 to 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. In addition, United is the first airline to fly with the new fuel efficiency Split Scimitar winglets that deliver up to a 2 percent additional reduction in carbon emissions and noise over standard winglets. See all of our fuel efficiency measures and calculations in our annual Corporate Responsibility Report
We support a global approach to addressing greenhouse gas emissions in the airline industry. Together with other airlines, engine and airframe manufacturers, fuel suppliers, airports and governments, we’re working toward collective industry goals, including a 1.5 percent average annual fuel efficiency improvement through 2020, carbon-neutral growth beginning in 2020, and a 50 percent reduction in airline CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 baseline levels.
Change is a fact of life. It can renew our perspective of the world or how we act within it. While change helps some of us get ahead, it can leave others behind. To help create the conditions so everyone has the chance to succeed in a changing world, TD is investing C$1 billion by 2030 in 4 areas that support change, nurture progress and contribute to making the world a better, more inclusive place.
That is The Ready Commitment.
The 4 Areas: Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities, Better Health
Many of us are concerned about the world the next generation will inherit. At TD, we’re committing to help create a more vibrant planet by:
Continuing to grow and enhance green spaces for everyone to enjoy.
Supporting the transition to a low carbon economy – with a CAD $100 billion target in low-carbon lending, financing, asset management and other programs by 2030.
TD’s low-carbon initiatives to support the $100 billion target include:
-Work with companies, ventures and projects that are driving innovation and contributing to carbon emissions reduction, energy-efficient housing and urban green space enhancement.
-Accelerate the low-carbon economy – including renewable and clean energy technologies, businesses and processes – through TD’s low-carbon lending, financing, asset management (in accordance with TD Asset Management’s sustainable investing approach) and other programs.
-Foster understanding and dialogue – through research, publishing and conversations – to help society and the economy make a successful transition.
Enhance focus on successful green bonds strategy, (issuing, underwriting and investing) to support projects that provide both economic growth and environmental benefit.
-Build on a 7-year track record of carbon neutrality to further reduce TD’s carbon footprint.
-Plant 1 million new trees in communities
Remarks by Jacqueline Drumheller
Sustainability Manager, Alaska Airlines, ISSP Board Member
The holy grail for sustainability professionals is the integration of ESG across the entire business, from product development, operations, legal, communications and human resources out to the sales teams. Are all employees more knowledgeable of internal accounting for carbon emissions, recognizing water scarcity, identifying labor or human rights issues in the supply chain, or leveraging diversity and inclusion for innovation? Do they have the confidence to not only solve problems but to identify innovations? Has each and every employee had the opportunity to learn about and act on these issues for their families, their jobs, and their planet? Are all employees bringing this new ESG lens to the products and support we provide to clients. Dawn will speak to the efforts at Thomson Reuters to mainstream ESG across the business.
Skanska is doing a great deal to inform our clients who have large building/construction portfolio’s on why how and what they build matters in the larger climate change picture.
What we are learning and rolling out around the total carbon footprint of buildings. Many companies touch via construction of their corporate offices/campuses, data centers, distribution centers, stores, manufacturing facilities, etc. Operational carbon is something that everything seems to now have a handle on, but the embodied carbon of building all of the facilities and infrastructure to then operate within is still in its infancy in terms of understanding benchmarking and transforming. Due to the fact that our energy is 88% hydro where we are based in Seattle, and our energy code is so stringent, embodied carbon really is the black eye that hasn’t been addressed when it comes to how and what we build.
A conversation with sustainability managers about their journey in carbon accounting. 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 business opportunities that have been seized and risk mitigation strategies that are being implemented by companies 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.
After 16 wonderful years at REI, I have started a new role as Director of Sustainability at Alaska Airlines! I’ll be leading and ensure execution Alaska’s sustainability strategy, program, goals and reporting.
Last month, Alaska Airlines published our 2017 Sustainability report and launched a new microsite, introducing four key themes: We are all about people; We fly greener; We invest for strong communities; and We make flying matter. Alaska is making progress towards our 2020 Goals, with an integrated operation, eliminating straws and investing in our fleet and our communities.
I couldn’t be more pleased to join a company with such a strong foundation of sustainability and values. With 85 years of operation based on the West Coast, and as a company that cares deeply about long-term success for our employees, guests, and the beautiful places we live and fly, Alaska Air is proud of our leadership in environmental and social areas but know that this work is never done.
With all this progress there is still much work yet to do. Please reach out with ideas for partnerships and collaborations, and I look forward to innovating together!
Hugh Welsh, President of DSM NA
At AstraZeneca we use our ground-breaking science to bring health to society while protecting the health of the planet. We support global progress on megatrends such as the United Nation’s global sustainable development goals (SDG). This session will review strides made in energy, water, and waste reduction with goals of zero energy and zero waste on the horizon.
Building Soil Health In Cotton Production To Maximize Environmental And Economic Value
“ Wrangler believes that our supply chain does not begin with fabric or cotton. It begins with our soils and the land itself. Preserving and enhancing the health of our soil is critical and necessary to the preservation of America’s denim heritage and future generations of people who work the land. ”
– Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability at Wrangler
The cotton fiber used in everything from jeans to swabs and towels relies on the vigor of the soil in which the crop is grown. Yet, soil health is often compromised. Half of the historic soil organic carbon has been lost and continues to decline.
Conventional cotton cultivation practices disturb and degrade the soil with tillage, bare soil surfaces, chemical inputs, and continuous monoculture crop production. The value of strong and healthy soil can be underestimated, but there is burgeoning interest across the supply chain, from farmers to brands, to implement practices that build and protect the soil.
The tools these proactive producers are using include conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotations, and others. When combined, they function as a system with synergistic effects such as the potential to make significant improvements in soil health and soil organic carbon content, I a key indicator of soil health, delivering long-term value to growers and the supply chain. Adoption of soil health practices can reverse soil organic matter and carbon losses.
Wrangler is encouraged by progress in preserving soil and enhancing soil health and sees cotton producers in its supply chain and across the U.S. already adopting and ready to accelerate the use of these practices. The jeans maker is partnering with U.S. farmers and organizations that are working to improve soil health, aiming for industry-wide progress. With 16 percent of global cotton production across 12.5 million acres in the U.S., ii producers in the U.S. can lead an important and notable change to help soil reach its optimum potential. Soil health provides for the continued capacity of the soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans.
Plastics, and particularly Ocean Plastics is a growing concern around the world. It seems like we are hearing more and more about plastics floating in the oceans, washing ashore, being ingested by marine life and entering the food chain.
In this session we explore the issue of plastics & ocean plastics; then touch on some of the potential solutions that are starting to take place on this front.
We are a long way from resolving this growing crisis; and the recent changes in the recycling industry are making it harder to tackle this issue. By working together, we might be able to reduce some of the environmental impacts that are plaguing our oceans and our environment today.
4:25 Chairpeople’s recap.
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