NEW YORK: During Climate Week NYC, join us for a live Twitter Q&A with sustainability chiefs from two of the world’s biggest consumer companies, Marks & Spencer and Unilever.
Thomas Lingard, Climate Advocacy & Sustainability Strategy Director, Unilever and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks & Spencer will be live on Twitter to discuss how they’re switching to 100% renewable power as part of the RE100 campaign.
Unilever has already got 100% renewable across its US and European operations and has committed to 40% renewable energy by 2020, on its mission to achieve 100% renewables across its global operations.
Aiming to become zero carbon, M&S is improving energy efficiency in the UK and Ireland by 50%, with a goal to reduce refrigeration gas emissions by 80% and source 50% of its gas from certified green bio-methane sources by 2020.
M&S and Unilever have joined RE100 during the most critical year for climate action in history, as the global COP21 climate talks are taking place this December - and the world is watching how ‘non-state actors’ like these are contributing to a low carbon future.
Mike Barry comments: "Business has an increasingly important role to play in making COP21 a success. They can show governments that many businesses support strong, long term action on issues such as setting science based targets and putting a price on carbon. They can also show that they can deliver solutions too, collectively reducing their carbon footprints and creating new low carbon markets, green growth and jobs."
M&S's solar panels at Donington Castel site
Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director, The Climate Group, will be joining the Twitter chat too. She says: "I’m really looking forward to a discussion about the increasing appetite from companies to play a significant role in driving the clean energy revolution in a way that aligns with their business strategies."
To find out more about how the companies are achieving their goals, please ask your questions at 4.30pm BST/11.30am EST on September 23 using hashtag #RE100, and follow the conversation on @ClimateGroup.