Walmart said it will focus on plans to use wind, solar and other renewable sources of power as it works to cut emissions from its global operations to zero by 2040. The retailer said the ongoing push for green fuel will also enable it to use only renewable sources for power at all of its facilities by 2035.
A remodeled McDonald's at Walt Disney World in Florida generates all of its energy from solar panels and has other sustainable features, including low-flow plumbing and natural ventilation. McDonald's hopes to obtain the International Living Future Institute's Zero Energy Certification for the building.
AT&T vowed to reach carbon neutrality before 2035 and outlined strategies for achieving that goal, encouraging its vendors to follow suit. The carrier will rely on network virtualization, limited-emission vehicles, sustainable production standards, carbon offsets and renewable energy sources to reach its target.
PepsiCo has set a goal of sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable energy programs for its operations by 2030 and across its entire supply chain by 2040. The move has the potential to reduce PepsiCo's carbon emissions by approximately 2.5 million metric tons.
Belvedere Vodka has launched a sustainability platform called Made with Nature to reaffirm its sustainability goals and highlight its new Heritage 176 vodka, which employs a traditional malting technique from Poland and a recipe dating back to the 1800s. Made with Polska rye and distilled by fire, the brand's vodkas contain only natural ingredients and are "distilled with purpose--from the environmental side and nourishing the lands we share to connecting socially with consumers and supporting organizations to help certain communities," said Belvedere President and CEO Rodney Williams.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund are co-leading a syndicate investing in CarbonCure Technologies, a company whose technology reduces emissions from concrete by injecting waste carbon dioxide into the mix. Other investors in the syndicate include Microsoft, BDC Capital, 2150, Thistledown Foundation, Taronga Group and GreenSoil Investments.
City council members in Park City, Utah, have approved plans for the construction of a large solar farm, to be built in cooperation with Summit County and several private entities. The project will help Park City reach its goal of being completely carbon-free by 2030.
Leaders should be empowering employees to share ideas during this time of crisis, writes John Baldoni, because there's no returning to "the old normal." "[W]hile we can mourn the loss of the old familiar, we can take heart that when people put their hearts and minds into something greater than themselves, good things can happen," he writes.