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Ask sustainability chiefs from Marks & Spencer and Unilever how they��re switching to 100% renewables, live on Twitter - News

22 September 2015, 1:00 BST 2 min read

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.

Convened by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 is a global initiative to engage, support and showcase the world’s most influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power.

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.