“Decarbonizing Value Chains: The Built Environment” – First in a Series of Executive Roundtables Focusing on Decarbonizing Scope 3 Emissions

Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in a company’s supply chain and among its customers—so-called Scope 3 emissions—is the biggest challenge in decarbonizing most businesses. Effective solutions are needed that companies can implement to decarbonize their value chains. Globally, buildings account for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, decades of experience with green buildings support a bold vision for net-zero buildings. In this Roundtable, senior business leaders and technical experts discussed practical solutions to eliminate emissions from buildings in corporate value chains.

Host:

Scott Tew – VP Sustainability & Managing Director, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability, Trane Technologies

Sheryl Telford – CSO & VP EHS, Chemours

Moderators:

  • Amy Cortese, New Buildings Institute
  • Zoe Haseman, Jacobs
  • Glenn Prickett, World Environment Center
  • Sheryl Telford, Chemours

Speakers:

  • Gensler: Gail Napell
  • Johnson Controls: Mark Reinbold
  • Marriott: Denise Naguib
  • Morgan Stanley: Thomas Kamei
  • PACENation, Colin Bishopp
  • Trane Technologies: Scott Tew
  • ULI Center for Sustainability & Economic Performance: Billy Grayson
  • WBCSD: Luca de Giovanetti
  • World Resources Institute: Clay Nesler

The event brought together 36 senior sustainability and buildings experts from seven countries, of which 61% came from global companies, and 39% from Think Tanks/NGOs and service providers.

Read the full summary HERE.

Note:  WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

September 9 10:00 am 1:00 pm EDT

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WEC’s Executive Roundtable on Decarbonizing Value Chains: The Built Environment is the first of four events that will focus on Scope 3 emissions across major sources.  Globally, buildings account for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.  Fortunately, decades of experience with green buildings support a bold vision for net-zero buildings.  In the roundtable, senior business leaders and technical experts will discuss practical solutions to eliminate emissions from buildings in corporate value chains. 

This virtual Executive Roundtable will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

This is an invitation only event.

September 8 10:00 am 1:00 pm EDT

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September 8
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WEC’s Executive Roundtable on Decarbonizing Value Chains: The Built Environment is the first of four events that will focus on Scope 3 emissions across major sources.  Globally, buildings account for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.  Fortunately, decades of experience with green buildings support a bold vision for net-zero buildings.  In the roundtable, senior business leaders and technical experts will discuss practical solutions to eliminate emissions from buildings in corporate value chains. 

This virtual Executive Roundtable will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

This is an invitation only event.

“Walking the Talk: Accelerating the transition to a sustainable food system and regenerative agriculture per the EU Farm-to-Fork Strategy” – Second in a Series of Executive Roundtables

In this WEC Executive Roundtable series, we seek to create a space for bottom-up conversations on what the European Food & Agriculture sector explicitly needs to thrive. The aim of this 2nd event was for participants to collaborate and debate problem statements that could help inform businesses’ broader approach and scale initiatives.

Collective action is necessary to transition towards a truly abundant, regenerative, and equitable farming system that complies with the Paris Agreement, UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the goals that Europe has set for itself in the Green Deal by 2030. Several top-down global initiatives are coming together, such as the UN Food systems summit and Regenerative Acceleration and Change Engine (RACE) for Nature Positive Farming.

Host: Petra Laux, Acting CSO, Syngenta

Moderators and small group facilitators:

  • Progressive Agriculture Services: Charlie Curtis
  • Suseco: Louise Nicholls
  • World Environment Center: Glenn Prickett and Frank Werner

Speakers:

  • COPA COGECA: Daniel Azevedo
  • EU Mission Soil Health Project: Carmen Vela • Rabobank: Dirk Jan Kennes
  • SAI Platform: Adrian Greet
  • Wageningen University: Corné Kempenaar

The Roundtable was held virtually, bringing together 37 senior sustainability, procurement, and government affairs executives from thirteen countries.

Read the full summary HERE.

Find the summary from the first event of the series HERE.

Note:  WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

July 13 9:00 am 12:00 pm EDT

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The EU green deal’s far reaching implications for Europe’s food agribusinesses has been debated in a first Executive Roundtable in March 2021. It became clear that the general lines are well accepted among business partners. At the same time it became clear that business must lead the transition by incentivizing and supporting farmers and consumers. Business is aware that systemic change in the EU agriculture system is a business opportunity, too: many say it is the best way to keep risk-alert investors on board and at the same time secures continuous ecosystem services on a large scale.

This virtual Executive Roundtable is the second in a series and an opportunity for 40 senior business leaders to debate best practice under the Chatham House Rule.

This is an invitation only event.

This event has passed – find event summary HERE.

“Climate Action for a Green Recovery” – First Executive Roundtable of a Series in Collaboration with Microsoft

On the occasion of awarding the Gold Medal 2021 to Microsoft, the World Environment Center convened an Executive Roundtable to learn from thought leaders and practitioners in key action areas about how an economic and social recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic can draw from solutions for a greener business – especially the urgent challenge to decarbonize our economies. This Roundtable was a dialogue designed to share goals, strategies and practical solutions to scale global decarbonization efforts in ways that deliver economic opportunity and social justice for all communities in the wake of a devastating global pandemic.

We had the pleasure to have speakers join us to provide great insight in key action areas: 

  • Keynote: Climate Action for a Green Recovery: Lucas Joppa – Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft 
  • Clean Technology: Scott Tew – Trane Technologies 
  • Natural Climate Solutions: Marcia Macedo – Woodwell Climate Research Center 
  • Environmental Justice: Aradhna Tripati – UCLA Center for Diverse Leadership in Science 

moderated by Glenn Prickett, President & CEO, World Environment Center 

The Roundtable was held virtually, with 28 senior executives from WEC member companies and other international corporations, as well as senior officials from academia and think tanks.

Read the full summary HERE.

Note:  WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

WEC Hosts Virtual Workshop: “How can Business Collaborate to Achieve Meaningful Impact on Advancing SDGs?” 

On May 20, 2021 WEC hosted the Virtual Workshop: “How can Business Collaborate to Achieve Meaningful Impact on Advancing SDGs?” in collaboration with ERM and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.  

Since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the business community has underlined its support for them, understanding that not just government but all stakeholders together bear responsibility to reach them. Through an exchange of thoughts and practices between global companies, WEC supports business to 

  • Evaluate the value of the SDGs for companies  
  • Share practices on how companies work with the SDGs  
  • Optimize companies’ contribution to the SDGs and find adequate means to measure impact  
  • Take responsibility for specific SDGs and work with business, governments and civil society to achieve them  

Business experts from eight industries in Germany, Ireland, Mexico, UK, and the USA joined the Virtual Workshop to share their advances on working with the SDGs.  

To read the full summary, key point details and additional information, click HERE.

Note:  WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

WEC Virtual Roundtable “How to Achieve Net Positive Water” in Collaboration with Ecolab

Securing reliable supplies of clean, fresh water needed for the health and wellbeing of people, agriculture, industry, and nature will be a greater challenge in more parts of the world as climate change accelerates. Companies across many sectors will face increasing demands from regulators, investors, customers, and shareholders to use water more efficiently and contribute to water availability in the regions where they do business. Leading companies are getting ahead of this challenge by pursuing strategies to become “water positive.” 

On May 11-12, 2021 WEC hosted the Executive Roundtable “How to Achieve Net Positive Water” in collaboration with Ecolab to hear from companies and organizations that have pioneered the approach to share strategies, results, lessons learned and innovative tools. 

Participants included senior sustainability and water experts from seven countries, including global companies, academia, NGOs and Think Tanks. 

To read the full summary, key point details and additional information, click HERE.

Note:  WEC Executive Roundtables are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

May 20 10:00 am 11:30 am EDT

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Join us to discuss business action on the Sustainable Development Goals. Since the adoption of the SDGs in 2015, the business community has underlined its support for them, understanding that not just government but all stakeholders together bear responsibility to reach them. Many companies have evaluated business opportunities associated with the Global Goals and have thus linked their sustainability programs and reporting with them. Some companies have also worked on methodologies to measure their individual impact. However, progress is still not happening fast enough. Taking responsibility for some SDGs by becoming a driving force for collaboration can result in meaningful impact.

This WEC Roundtable in collaboration with ERM is an opportunity for business executives to discuss under the Chatham House Rule promising initiatives that companies have undertaken and opportunities to do more.

This is an invitation only event.

This event has passed – find event summary HERE.

May 12 10:00 am 12:30 pm EST

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Virtual Executive WEC Roundtable in collaboration with Ecolab

Securing reliable supplies of water needed for the health and wellbeing of people, agriculture, industry, and nature will become a greater challenge in more parts of the world as climate change accelerates. Companies will face increasing demands from regulators, investors, customers, and shareholders to use water more efficiently and contribute to water availability in the regions where they do business. Becoming “water positive” is a compelling vision: it’s being pursued in a variety of ways without commonly agreed metrics or management tools.

In addition to WEC’s member companies we are inviting companies and organizations that have pioneered the approach to share strategies, results, lessons learned and innovative tools.

This is an invitation only event.

This event has passed – find event summary HERE.