NAEM’s 2010 "Corporate GHG Strategies” conference brought together more than 120 EHS and sustainability professionals to discuss leading-edge approaches for measuring, managing and reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions. In this section you will find:
Agenda: See a list of speakers and view session descriptions
Key Takeaways: Read a summary of key ideas from the conference
Presentations: Featured presentations from this conference include:
- "Meeting the Challenge of Scope 3: Next Generation GHG Measurement” by Christina Bosch, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Co.
- "Carbon Accounting Beyond 101 - Compliance Level Inventories” by Pierre Boileau, Senior Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability, CSA Standards
- "GHG Data Management: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Corporate Leaders” by Sacha Boon, Principal Environmental Specialist, Abbott Laboratories and Brian Stenson, Manager, EHS, FUJIFILM
- "Key Reduction Approaches: Energy Management, Carbon Offsets and On-site Renewables” by Shaw Environmental, Inc., 3Degrees and CpM HILL
Press Release: Hear what participants had to say about the key insights from the event.
GHG Benchmarking Survey Results
br>Start the conference off right by learning the results of our survey and get a snapshot of how your program compares to more than 125 others on areas such as program maturity, reduction strategies, data collection and reporting.
- Presented by Kathy Blue, Principal, Climate Change Services, Trinity Consultants
Key regulatory and policy update: Where are we today, August 3, 2010?
br>In this session, you will learn the latest regulatory and policy developments every EHS manager needs to know about as they advance their company’s GHG strategy, including US legislative efforts, EPA actions and international governmental regulations. In addition, you will receive customized notes that provide more information on the issues covered in the presentation.
- Presented by Nicholas W. van Aelsty, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, PC
Meeting the Challenge of Scope III: Next Generation GHG Measurement
br>This case study session will help you face the next set of hurdles as you expand and mature your GHG footprinting program. Get an insider’s perspective from a select group of companies that have ‘road tested’ WRI’s new GHG Protocol standards covering Scope III emissions.
- Franklyn A. Ericson, Director Worldwide S/H/E/Q Operations, SC Johnson
- Christina Bosch, Supply Chain Sustainability, Ford Motor Company
- Moderator: David Rich, Associate - GHG Protocol Initiative, World Resources Institute
Carbon Accounting Beyond 101 – Compliance Level Inventories
br>With EPA’s mandatory reporting rule in effect and emission reduction regulation pending, now is the time to move beyond the basics and discover key steps and best practices involved in building and maintaining a compliance-grade GHG inventory. Learn how to determine organizational and operational boundaries and understand the intricacies of data collection. This interactive session features a case study that will help you avoid common pitfalls when quantifying Scope 1 and 2 emissions.
- Pierre Boileau, Senior Advisor, Climate Change & Sustainability, CSA Standards
br>Major metropolitan areas are increasingly developing broad climate strategies that require strong public/private partnerships to collectively address greenhouse gas emissions. Take away lessons learned from an Olympic bid that harnessed various interests from all aspects of the greater Chicago area.
- Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the Department of Environment, City of Chicago
GHG Data Management: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Corporate Leaders
br>Whether you use a home-grown system or an off-the-shelf solution, how you gather data is critical to the success of any corporate GHG program. Gain insights from companies who’ve completed a thorough and successful GHG inventory using strong data management systems. Speakers will share practical, experience-based lessons learned and process dos and don’ts that attendees will be able apply to their own programs.
- Sacha Boon, Principal Environmental Specialist, Abbott Laboratories
- Brian Stenson, Manager, EHS, FUJIFILM
- Liz McMeekin, Environmental Manager, PPG
- Moderator: Joanne Schroeder, Principal, E2 ManageTech
Public Reporting and Goal Setting
br>In this unique session, you will gain insights into the business case for public reporting and goal setting. Hear candid discussion from your peers on how they determined their GHG reduction targets and developed public carbon reduction commitments. From responding to supplier assessments and the EPA mandatory reporting rule to choosing a reporting scheme and setting a public goal, our expert moderator and panelists will help you think through the drivers and key decision points to determine the best approach for your organization.
- Gary Conner, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Caterpillar Inc.
- Barry Dambach, Senior Director EHS, Alcatel-Lucent
- Moderator: John D. Sottong, Technical Director, EPA Climate Leaders
GHG Resource Café
br>Take advantage of NAEM’s interactive GHG Resource Café to engage resource providers who can help you measure, manage and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. This year’s Resource Café will have a special focus on carbon accounting software in addition to other product, service and partnership offerings. Representatives will be available from government, the NGO community and the private sector to discuss all the tools and initiatives available to support your GHG and energy reduction efforts.
Key Reduction Approaches: Energy Management, Carbon Offsets and On-site Renewables
br>Learn ways to reduce your GHG impact through projects within your operations, such as on-site renewables, as well as approaches to further offset your carbon footprint through verified emission offsets and renewable energy credits.
This session will feature three presentations on the key approaches companies are taking in their efforts to minimize their GHG emissions and energy usage.
- Bill Abolt, Office Director, Shaw Environmental, Inc.
- Steve McDougal, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, 3Degrees
- Erin Laude, Sr. Energy and Carbon Management Consultant, CpM HILL
GHG Reduction Success Stories
br>From operational energy reductions to on-site renewable projects, hear from corporate leaders who have made measurable progress in reducing their climate and energy impacts. Speakers will share specific approaches and insights on what worked and what didn’t, and provide clear metrics on reductions achieved.
- Ari Kobb, Sustainability Director, Siemens Building Technologies
- Sarah Gibson, Global Environmental Programs Manager, Dell
- Tim Shea, 2nd VP Facilities, Purchasing & Contracting, National Life Group
Click here to view the agenda from NAEM’s August 2010 "Corporate GHG Strategies” conference.
Key Takeaways from the Corporate GHG Strategies Conference
by Carol Singer Neuvelt
- For manufacturing companies, the EHS function continues to own the GHG management process.
- The global regulatory framework is complicated….and, it’s not going to get any easier.
- The majority of current reduction efforts focus on Energy Management.
- A growing awareness about the importance of the link between EHS and the Energy/Procurement functions of a firm.
- The business case for renewables and other alternative energy is still emerging
- As with all major paradigm shifts, Board level/Senior Management commitment is essential.
- Footprinting is a good exercise to understand hot spots, and can help prioritize investments.
- Tracking carbon is a data-intensive activity. Implementation of a software solution on an enterprise-wide basis takes time and planning.
- Concerns are emerging about frequency and volume of requests for carbon data and the ability to accurately measure or even to respond to requests
- With respect to purchasing carbon management software, many times that decision requires buy-in beyond EHS.
- Scope 3: Very difficult. Quite revealing.
- "Just do it.”Don’t wait until the your GHG footprint is perfect. The data continues to improve each time it is tracked; the baseline can/will change overtime.
About the author
Carol Singer Neuvelt is the Executive Director of NAEM, the Premier Association for environmental, health and safety (EHS) Management. Under her leadership, NAEM has grown from a small group of environmental professionals into a robust, national organization with more than 1,800 individual members and 75 corporate members – representing the full spectrum of industry sectors among Fortune 1,000 companies. Thanks to Carol’s expertise in delivering quality professional development programming, NAEM has grown into the largest professional community for EHS and sustainability decision-makers.
Her long-term perspective and insights into corporate EHS and sustainability best practices have been featured in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Tribune, the Bureau of National Affairs, Environmental Leader, the National Safety Council’s Safety+Health magazine, EL Insights and NAEM’s Green Tie blog.
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NAEM Showcases Best Practices In Greenhouse Gas Management
Aug. 5, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
At an NAEM conference this month in Chicago, more than 120 Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and sustainability professionals gathered to discuss leading-edge strategies in measuring, managing and reducing corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The two day event, which also drew participation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the World Resources Institute and the Carbon Disclosure Project, featured case studies by leading corporate practitioners on how to calculate, manage and reduce a company’s carbon footprint using data from across a global supply chain.
"There’s an adage that what gets measured gets managed,” said NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt. "What this conference reinforced is that NAEM members are leading the way by establishing systems to calculate emissions, engage their suppliers and identify priority areas for carbon reductions.”
The conference also featured a keynote presentation by Suzanne Malec-McKenna, commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Environment, who shared insights from the city’s Climate Action Plan, its aggressive strategy to reshape urban policy in service of the environment.
"What we know is that a business-as-usual scenario is not enough,” she said. "If we sit around and wait for federal action to happen, who knows when that will happen? We need to act locally.”
Through stakeholder engagement involving businesses, residents and community-based organizations, Ms. Malec-McKenna said the city has been able to spur public transit ridership and begin the process of weatherizing commercial and residential buildings.
"It’s not about the resources you have but how you leverage them,” Ms. Malec-McKenna said. "I’m really talking about the economic value of what drives your company, your city, your non-profit. If you look at some of the critical goals of your various stakeholders, I guarantee you’re going to find some mission alignment. We need to connect these groups to achieve change.”
Corporate environmental management experts from SC Johnson and Alcatel-Lucent echoed Commissioner Malec-McKenna’s call for immediate action, arguing that corporate leaders need to begin measuring and reducing their greenhouse gases today.
"We all understand that legislation will come at some time and in some form but we can’t wait for legislation to be the driver of change,” said Barry Dambach, senior director of EHS for Alcatel-Lucent. "Being a responsible corporate citizen and reducing our environmental impact should be the driver and we need to act now to reduce our energy usage and emissions.”
Mr. Dambach also stressed that because carbon footprint data ultimately will be formalized and audited similar to the way financial data is under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, companies need to begin refining their process for collecting and validating that information.
"You can’t put a big program of data collection in place and expect to have high quality data after the first round. That’s just the reality of new programs,” he said. "Companies need to get going and get familiar with it. Plus there are reduction opportunities that are waiting for them that the data will identify.”
Emily Barton, a Corporate Manager with Motorola Inc. and president of NAEM’s Chicago chapter, agreed, noting that the many companies want to wait until measurement techniques are perfected.
"People often run into the roadblock of wanting to wait until there’s a perfect greenhouse gas measurement
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