Submitted by: Green Power Conferences
Posted: Sep 11, 2007 – 12:00 PM EST
CHICAGO - September 11, 2007 - 'If we are to truly address climate change and other environmental issues we must have everyone at the table,' said Mayor Richard M. Daley. 'This gathering of some of largest companies in the world is definitely a step in the right direction.'
Chicago is preparing to host Corporate Climate Response in two weeks time where 20 top companies will discuss their sustainability strategies. Wal-mart, Caterpillar, Ford, BP America, Abbott, Time Inc, Motorola, Walgreens, Anheuser-Busch, Dow, McDonald’s, IBM, AIG, Exelon, Intel and Baxter Healthcare are among those presenting. Speakers will discuss the challenges and benefits of their own sustainability strategies with the aim of helping attendees improve or expand their own climate change initiatives. Over 200 sustainability professionals are already signed up to attend this unique green networking opportunity.
'Engagement was the most challenging part of our sustainability strategy to implement as we have 1.8 million associates worldwide,' said James Stanway, Director of Project Development at Wal-mart. Stanway is presenting a case study on the execution of the retailer's sustainability plan which links climate change action to business strategy and involves many of its suppliers. He will also update attendees on Wal-mart's plans for a carbon scorecard.
'For us, sustainability is about more than addressing our own EH&S footprint,' said Rich Wells, Vice President of Energy at Dow Chemicals. 'It's about reaching beyond our own fences to be a driving force for positive change.' By 2025, Dow has committed to stop the growth of absolute emissions of GHG within the company and to have at least 50% of the energy it consumes globally be non-carbon emitting. At Corporate Climate Response, Wells will be discussing how the chemical producer is turning climate risk into a business opportunity by investing in solutions that will assist in slowing, stopping and reversing global warming.
'Companies often work on these projects in isolation so an event like this allows participants to benchmark their own activities and network with their peers,' said Dr. Andrew Slavin, director of Corporate Climate Response. Corporate representatives will also be discussing a variety of topics related to emissions reduction including carbon footprint and life-cycle analysis, energy efficiency, waste management, fleet management, green power and RECs, carbon offsetting, emissions trading, and engaging the public.
Along with the fundamentals of climate action, companies will also be exploring the need for national carbon targets with members of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) present. 'Regional and state by state climate change initiatives are problematic,' said John Disharoon, Director of Sustainable Development at Caterpillar, a founding USCAP member and Corporate Climate Response speaker. 'The US needs a federal policy that works in concert with international frameworks to address climate issues.'
Corporate Climate Response is being organized by Green Power Conferences and takes place on September 25th and 26th at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown in Chicago. Time and space is now running out to register for this event which has 200 sustainability professionals signed up already.
To download the event brochure, please visit the Corporate Climate Response web site at: http://www.greenpowerconferences.com/corporateclimateresponse/index.html
For more information, please contact: Annie Ellis, +44 20 7801 6333 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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