Mars, Cargill put nature regeneration goals alongside avoiding climate catastrophe

February 11, 2021 by  
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Mars, Cargill put nature regeneration goals alongside avoiding climate catastrophe Jesse Klein Thu, 02/11/2021 – 01:00 Over 1,000 companies have committed to science-based targets for climate change, but the Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) thinks companies need to start making science-based commitments on nature as well as for climate. And they needed to start doing it yesterday. This has put sustainability departments of large companies in the position of having to build the plane while flying it.  “We feel like we need to start taking action today and start taking steps,” Heather Tansey, sustainability director at Cargill, said during a  GreenBiz 21  session this week on nature and regeneration. “We believe we can’t wait for consensus definitions to start making progress. So we’re doing those things in parallel.” To help, SBTN created corporate guidance that “sets a clear course of action to protect nature in line with science,” because companies want to take action.  “What we’re hearing from companies is: Tell me what to measure. How much is our fair share?” said Erin Billman, executive director of SBTN, during the session. You can’t stick an instrument in a bucket of palm oil and measure whether there was deforestation or forced labor in its supply chain. The guidance outlines best practices for conserving and regenerating healthy land, freshwater, oceans and biodiversity. During the session, with panelists from large agricultural companies Cargill and Mars, regenerative agriculture took center stage.  Tansey outlined Cargill’s BeefUp program, which concentrates on four pillars: reducing food waste; leaning on innovations; implementing regenerative agriculture such as no-tillage and crop rotation for feed sources; and sustainable cattle grazing methods.  “We, at our core, believe cattle can be a force for good when it comes to climate change,” she said. “Cattle can play a really critical role in North American contexts of helping to preserve nature and ecosystems in the west.” Kevin Rabinovitch, global vice president of sustainability at Mars, recognized regenerative agriculture is the new buzzword in sustainability . He emphasized that companies will have to carefully define what regenerative agriculture means while simultaneously creating programs that encourage regenerative ag practices that sequester carbon into the soil — practices such as no-till, crop rotation and biodiversity. Not all regenerative practices or ESG initiatives are created equal and not having an agreed-upon definition before starting will make determining the success difficult.  “Deforestation, or building carbon in the soil, or even social things like human rights and forced labor is not a product attribute,” Rabinovitch said. “You can’t stick an instrument in a bucket of palm oil and measure whether there was deforestation or forced labor in its supply chain. So they’re not product attributes, they’re process attributes. And frankly, that’s not the way commodity markets are designed and set up.” Billman’s solution is to focus on breaking down the silos among climate change, nature regeneration and social injustice and looking for co-benefits that tackle all the issues, not just climate ones. Without agreed-upon definitions, it makes it even harder for companies to prove they are making good on their commitments. According to all the panelists, the best way to make an impact and demonstrate to others that their programs are working is to create specific targets with specific timelines. There can be a visionary pathway in the longer term, but companies need tangible, measurable targets for the near term. “That’s where you should be having the really awkward, painful discussions about [having] a plan for how to reach that five-year target,” Rabinovitch said during the session.  Pull Quote You can’t stick an instrument in a bucket of palm oil and measure whether there was deforestation or forced labor in its supply chain. Topics Corporate Strategy GreenBiz 21 Featured in featured block (1 article with image touted on the front page or elsewhere) Off Duration 0 Sponsored Article Off Nature regeneration goals are the new climate targets for the sustainability departments of large companies.//Courtesy of Unsplash.

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Ellen Jackowski on HP Inc’s “world’s most sustainable portfolio for PCs”

November 20, 2020 by  
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Ellen Jackowski on HP Inc’s “world’s most sustainable portfolio for PCs” This video is sponsored by HP Inc. “This moment in particular is incredibly serious. It’s a moment where we’re seeing huge changes at a speed that we haven’t seen as a global society in quite some time and with this moment comes a lot of responsibility and opportunity for us to all accelerate our commitments to solving climate change and to addressing social inequalities.” Pete May, president of GreenBiz, interviewed Ellen Jackowski, chief sustainability & social impact officer at HP Inc during the VERGE 20 virtual event (October 26-30, 2020). View archived videos from the conference here: https://bit.ly/3kMjeXt . taylor flores Fri, 11/20/2020 – 09:31 Featured Off

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Dow’s Jim Fitterling on tackling plastic waste and the company’s sustainability goals

June 17, 2020 by  
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Dow’s Jim Fitterling on tackling plastic waste and the company’s sustainability goals In a conversation with GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling details strategy for the company’s latest sustainability commitments — including being carbon neutral by 2050. “That includes looking at Scope 1 through 3 emissions. And also taking a look at some of the positive benefits our products bring to society,” Fitterling said, pointing to energy-efficient housing and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that that creates. Its other commitments are related to protecting the climate, stopping waste and closing the loop. Fitterling noted that the company is currently putting together a consortium of partners that would help come up with an index that allows it to measure, account and verify its work as it progresses toward its goals. taylor flores Wed, 06/17/2020 – 00:00 Featured On

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Brazil meets a major emissions goal two years ahead of schedule

August 13, 2018 by  
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Brazil has just announced that it has cut 2017 greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation to levels far below its 2020 goal. The country originally aimed to reduce emissions from this source by 564 million tons in the Amazon and by 170 million tons in the Cerrado savanna by 2020, in keeping with the 2009 Copenhagen Accord . However, this past Thursday, Brazil’s Environment Ministry reported that CO2 emissions from deforestation in these areas have already been reduced by 780 million tons, in a major win for Brazil and, of course, the Earth. Related: 73 million trees to be planted in largest reforestation project ever Brazil has even higher goals for emissions reduction under the 2015 Paris Agreement . According to Thiago Mendes, the Environment Ministry’s secretary of climate change, “The policy message is that we can and should remain in the Paris Agreement (because) it is possible to effectively implement the commitments that have been made.” The Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest on the planet, and Brazil’s Cerrado is the biggest savanna in South America. As such, both absorb high amounts of CO2, making their preservation  paramount in the battle against climate change. Thankfully, Brazil is already exceeding expectations in this battle, and one can only hope it continues to do so as it strives to meet its Paris Agreement goals. Via Reuters

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‘We are still in’ is a hashtag and a movement

June 11, 2018 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. In this episode: How American businesses, from WWF to Ceres to Microsoft to Ingersoll Rand, are still proving their commitments to the Paris Agreement’s climate goals.

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Inside the Gigaton Awards’ Methodology

November 23, 2010 by  
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Akin to an Oscar for climate performance, the first annual Gigaton Awards will recognize the top companies in six sectors for their commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s how the winner will be chosen.

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World Governments Failing Their Biodiversity Commitments – Pressure On Species Just Increasing

April 29, 2010 by  
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Since 1970, non-human animal populations have declined by 30%. Photo: Photo8.com via flickr.

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Is Graham Coming Back to the Climate Bill? To Find Out, Follow the Money . . .

April 29, 2010 by  
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Photo via SCChaser Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) decision to abandon the climate bill he helped craft — even going as far as saying he’ll filibuster it himself now — has been a dramatic turn in the legislation’s saga . But there’s at least one good reason to think he’ll return to put his support behind the bill he spent months negotiating: the money

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Only One-Sixth of European Retailers Showing Sustainable Palm Oil Progress

October 28, 2009 by  
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photo: fitri agung via flickr. ? Back in the spring WWF said that they found that while plenty of companies had committed to using sustainable palm oil , only a tiny percentage of the available oil was actually being purchased and they would start outing companies not living up to their commitments

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