The UN Sustainable Development Goals can be a beacon for how a business conducts operations and considers future opportunities, writes Claus Stig Pedersen, head of corporate sustainability at Novozymes. He discusses why his company embeds the SDGs into its brand.
Nature holds the answers to successful corporate sustainability, says Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. When biologists are at the design table, she said, they "basically ask the question: What in the natural world has already solved the problem that we're trying to solve, and what can it teach us?"
Halfway into the first year of implementing IKEA's successful smart scale solution goal to reduce food waste at its retail restaurants, health and sustainability chief Jacqui Macaliste has learned several valuable tips. For instance, new technology lets the company "easily automate and aggregate the reasons food is being wasted and raise awareness with employees about how we can improve operational practices," she says.
A subsidiary of Alterra Power has ordered 100 Vestas V110 2-megawatt turbines for its 200-MW Flat Top 1 project in Texas, according to the companies. Vestas added that it would begin delivering the units in the fourth quarter of the year.
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., has a stormwater-management system that includes six nearby biofiltration systems to deter contaminated runoff. The stadium, which hosts the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, was certified LEED Gold when it opened in 2014.
Logistics company DHL is looking to promote sustainability in its supply chain and is sponsoring pro-sustainable events such as Formula E's electric-powered car races.
Many leaders suffer from what Mark Nation describes as "Tin Man syndrome," meaning they run on autopilot without being passionate about their work and their interactions with others. Nation encourages people to approach the office with empathy, trust and gratitude.
Avangrid Renewables has been awarded a site-certificate amendment that would allow it the flexibility to use up to 3.6-megawatt turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters at its Montague Wind Power Facility in Oregon, said the company. The turbines could be the largest of their kind in the Pacific Northwest. Apple has reported it has a power purchase agreement with Avangrid at Montague.
Beothuk Energy and investor Copenhagen Offshore Partners have raised over $797 million to invest in offshore wind development off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, said Beothuk CEO and President Kirby Mercer.
Siemens Gamesa has agreed to supply 20 SWT 3.6-megawatt 130 turbines for Equis Energy's Tolo 1 project in Indonesia, said the firm. "We are proud to be awarded with this order since Equis Energy is an important and very dynamic player in the Indonesian energy market," said Alvaro Bilbao Moran, CEO of Siemens Gamesa's onshore business in the Asia-Pacific region.