Brands & Partners
First, calculate and reduce your carbon footprint
Making an event ‘CO2 neutral’ is similar to making an organization ‘CO2 neutral’. The first step is to calculate the footprint of the event by identifying all sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Major emissions sources include travel to the host city, local transportation, energy consumed by the event venue and the preparation of the meals. Climate advisors CO2logic calculated the footprint. Last year the summit emitted 45 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, with 95% that was caused by air travel. The remaining emissions were mostly caused by the preparation of meals, while local transportation and energy consumed by the venue proved to be negligible.
Once all emissions sources associated with the event were identified, strategies for reducing these emissions were devised. By selecting a destination city that is served by many direct flights, our event already avoided several dozens of metric tons of CO2. The caterer also received instructions to increase the share of local and vegetarian ingredients.
Then, offset your emissions through a project that benefits the vulnerable groups
Once energy conservation and emission reduction strategies were implemented, emissions that cannot be further reduced are offset. To achieve ‘CO2 neutral’ status, CvCC is supporting a Gold Standard-certified project in Uganda that distributes efficient cooking stoves to reduce wood consumption. This helps to lower deforestation and reduce toxic fumes, while still enabling local families to have effective and functional cooking methods.
Finally, engage event participants to do their bit to protect our climate
By holding this low-carbon event the CvCC wants to raise awareness of climate change issues and actions that can be taken to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. This is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and to inspire participants.
We are the leading international sustainability strategy and communications consultancy. We help companies and brands Step Up to the changing relationship between business and society. We combine smart strategy, sharp insights and creativity to help businesses succeed.
In 2010, we became the first North American-based financial institution to achieve carbon-neutral status. Since then, we have continued to meet our commitment to carbon neutrality.
How we meet our carbon neutral commitment:
Reduce energy use. We do this by improving the energy efficiency of our operations, from the way we design and operate our buildings to green IT and employee engagement initiatives.
Generate renewable electricity from our facilities and purchase certified EcoLogo or Green-e renewable energy credits (RECs) to add the equivalent amount of electricity we use back into the grid.
Offset remaining GHG emissions with innovative North American-based carbon offsets, with a significant portion generated through impact investing projects undertaken with social partners such as schools, institutions, and Aboriginal communities.
As TD continues to grow, our environmental challenge is to reduce our environmental impact despite rapid business expansion. Our key areas of focus in managing the environmental footprint of our business operations are:
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Improving energy efficiency
Reducing paper use
Reducing waste volumes and water use
Greening our supply chain
We make it possible for businesses and their customers to take urgent action on climate change.
At 3Degrees, we are passionate about addressing climate change. We help hundreds of organizations incorporate clean energy and greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies into their business operations. And we connect over 275,000 residential customers with renewable energy through our utility and community solar partnerships. How do we do it? Through our custom renewable energy and climate solutions that meet each client at every step of the way.
After all, solving the most significant challenge of our generation is a tall order. But it’s a challenge that energizes us. We hope you’ll join us.
Established in 1964, GZA is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary consulting firm providing geotechnical, environmental, water, ecological, and construction management services to a wide array of private and public clients.
Ecolab offers water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments for food, energy, healthcare, industrial and hospitality markets.
Our Approach to Sustainability
At Ecolab, we and our customers are united by our powerful purpose to make the world a better place. Doing Better Together. Our team of 48,000, in partnership with more than 1 million customer locations around the world, brings our best efforts forward every day to help address the world’s most pressing global challenges. Collectively, we are working to help meet growing demand for goods and services while at the same time reinventing the way businesses operate to be less reliant on the world’s limited natural resources.
Operating with care for people and the environment
Across every industry we serve, we strive to deliver the best results at the lowest total cost while reducing waste, energy and water use. From how we operate and develop solutions to the way we work with customers and support communities, we are working to deliver a more sustainable future for everyone. Through our unparalleled service, industry-leading innovation and real-time data and insights, we help our customers do more with less.
We actively seek to improve the use of water resources within our own operations and within the watersheds in which we operate. Our commitment extends beyond our operations to partnerships with thought leaders and leading organizations that support the advancement of responsible use of the world’s limited freshwater resources to the benefit of nature, communities, and business.
Advancing Global Water Stewardship Standards
Global Commitments and Partnerships
Through partnerships with leading global non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we strengthen our understanding and our ability to impact global challenges facing our business, customers, and communities. We are a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and the CEO Water Mandate, and an active member of the Corporate Eco Forum. Our partnerships with the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy help advance water conservation and stewardship initiatives in priority regions including China, Mexico, and the United States.
Advancing Global Water Stewardship
Ecolab is a founding partner of the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard, a globally consistent and locally adaptable framework to inform decisions and encourage collective action to promote sustainable freshwater use. In April 2014, Ecolab joined nearly 30 leading organizations from across industries to launch the Standard.
In 2014, we initiated programs to implement the framework at our own facilities. Our Taicang, China, plant, located in the Yangtze Taihu basin, outside of Shanghai, was a pilot location for the Standard. In September 2015, our Taicang plant became the first facility in the world to be certified under the AWS Standard.
We expanded implementation to our Carson and City of Industry manufacturing plants in California, where extreme drought is impacting all water users. As a leading adopter of the Standard in this region, we partnered with AWS and the WWF to provide training to other local water users. We also collaborated with companies in the watershed to implement the Standard within their facilities and to identify ways to work together to further reduce our collective impacts.
To learn more about the AWS Standard, visit www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org.
Water Stewardship is the use of water that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions. Good water stewards understand their own water use, catchment context and shared risk in terms of water governance, water balance, water quality and important water-related areas; and then engage in meaningful individual and collective actions that benefit people and nature.