Ask sustainability chiefs from Marks & Spencer and Unilever how they’re switching to 100% renewables, live on Twitter

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21 September 2015

NEW YORK: During Climate Week NYC, join us for a live Twitter Q&A with sustainability chiefs from two of the world’s biggest consumer companies, Marks & Spencer and Unilever.

Thomas Lingard, Climate Advocacy & Sustainability Strategy Director, Unilever and Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks & Spencer will be live on Twitter to discuss how they’re switching to 100% renewable power as part of the RE100 campaign.  

Convened by The Climate Group in partnership with CDPRE100 is a global initiative to engage, support and showcase the world’s most influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power.

Unilever has already got 100% renewable across its US and European operations and has committed to 40% renewable energy by 2020, on its mission to achieve 100% renewables across its global operations.

Aiming to become zero carbon, M&S is improving energy efficiency in the UK and Ireland by 50%, with a goal to reduce refrigeration gas emissions by 80% and source 50% of its gas from certified green bio-methane sources by 2020.

M&S and Unilever have joined RE100 during the most critical year for climate action in history, as the global COP21 climate talks are taking place this December - and the world is watching how ‘non-state actors’ like these are contributing to a low carbon future.

Mike Barry comments: “Business has an increasingly important role to play in making COP21 a success. They can show governments that many businesses support strong, long term action on issues such as setting science based targets and putting a price on carbon. They can also show that they can deliver solutions too, collectively reducing their carbon footprints and creating new low carbon markets, green growth and jobs.”

Emily Farnworth, RE100 Campaign Director, The Climate Group, will be joining the Twitter chat too. She says: “I’m really looking forward to a discussion about the increasing appetite from companies to play a significant role in driving the clean energy revolution in a way that aligns with their business strategies.”

To find out more about how the companies are achieving their goals, please ask your questions at 4.30pm BST/11.30am EST on September 23 using hashtag #RE100, and follow the conversation on @ClimateGroup

Climate Week NYC is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. The Climate Group launched Climate Week NYC in 2009, and has acted as the secretariat since its inception.

Host to more than 100 affiliate events from September 21-28, Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Climate Week NYC 2015 is supported by BT Group, Siemens, Procter & Gamble, Nike, SkyPower, SolarCity, CBRE Group, and Bank of the West - BNP Paribas; and the We Mean Business coalition members: BSR, The B Team, CDP, Ceres, The Climate Group, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and WBCSD. | @ClimateWeekNYC | #CWNYC

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