The historic heat waves forecasted for Europe this week are a stark reminder that we are in a race against the clock to protect the most vulnerable populations from the impacts of climate change which will continue to grow in number and severity.
Today, around 1.1 billion people lack access to cooling, which not only makes them vulnerable to heat waves but also contributes to food insecurity. Roughly 30% of food worldwide is wasted because of lack of refrigeration. As the global population continues to grow – and climate change impacts food production – we simply can’t afford to waste this much agricultural output.
This is why we are joining the Institute of Refrigeration, the UN Environmental Programme and organizations around the world in celebrating the first World Refrigeration Day.
Right now, retailers are making many of the decisions that will determine what products will be on their shelves next year. One decision is whether to stop stocking inefficient lighting products in favor of more energy-efficient ones – such as LEDs – saving consumers money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
We recently heard from Mars, Incorporated’s chief procurement and sustainability officer, Barry Parkin, about the company’s plan to tackle its ambitious climate goals in an EDF+Business “Business of Sustainability” podcast. Their Sustainable in a Generation plan details Mars’ commitment to procure 100 percent renewable energy. Mars is plowing full speed ahead toward these goals and recently, Mars Australia signed 20-year power purchase agreements (PPA) to generate the equivalent of 100 percent of Mars’ electricity from renewable energy by 2020.
Graziella Siciliano, Senior Manager of Carbon and Energy at EDF
As a manager of EDF+Business’ carbon and energy supply chain initiatives, I wanted to learn more about Mars’ approach to meeting its renewable energy goals. What I like about Mars is that they are always willing to share their tips and best practices so that other companies can learn how to start mitigating their impact on the environment. So, I sat down with Mars’ renewable energy manager, Winston Chen – who has been with the company for 15 years – to learn more about their renewable energy strategy and what other companies can learn from being innovative when looking for ways to decarbonize the energy they need to make their products.
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What can happen when the CEO of the world’s largest retailer says publicly that making the world better is more important than sales? The answer: a gigaton.
I was able to attend Walmart’s annual Sustainability Milestone Summit for the first time last month in Arkansas, and as EDF+Business’ new lead on climate change and energy issues in the supply chain, I have to say it was an incredible experience. At work was a tangible display of EDF+Business’ supply chain theory of change – that some companies have the power to move markets, and if they choose to, can use that power to accelerate progress on climate change.