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Why is Climate Week NYC Important in 2020?

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What is Climate Week?

Climate Week brings together international leaders from business, government and civil society to showcase global climate action. The accompanying weeklong program offers individuals and communities a chance to explore what we can do now to tackle current climate and sustainability challenges.

Why is it important?

With new reports indicating that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere are at record levels, Climate Week represents a critical moment to determine a collective path forward. This year marks the beginning of what is being called the Climate Decade, a call to action for public and private sectors to substantially curb carbon emissions in an effort to thwart global temperature increases that have implications for the health of people, businesses and the planet.

How is NWNA involved in Climate Week discussions?

NWNA Chief Sustainability Officer David Tulauskas is participating in a private roundtable discussion, “Leading the Sustainability Charge Through Times of Uncertainty,” with other global sustainability leaders. The group will offer their perspectives on how organizations can reframe sustainability initiatives, rethink strategies and build resilient business models to help preserve and protect our health, our communities and our planet today, and for generations to come.

How is NWNA taking action?

To play our part and reduce our carbon footprint, we are continuing to transform our operations, move toward renewable energy, develop more environmentally sustainable packaging, and advance our water stewardship practices. Here’s what we’ve accomplished recently:

  • Transforming our operations to reduce our carbon footprint: As a member of RE100, our goal is to achieve 100% renewable energy use in our operations.
    • Our factory in Cabazon, CA is home to three wind turbines, which combined, supply nearly 50% of the plant's total electricity needs, while offsetting 18,048 tons of CO2 per year – equivalent to the annual emissions from 3,506 passenger vehicles.
    • Our factory in Sacramento, CA is now powered 100% with renewable energy, reducing more than 21,279 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the next three years.
    • We’ve signed a renewable energy agreement with ENGIE to supply over 50% of the energy needed for NWNA’s manufacturing and distribution facilities in Texas.
    • In February, ReadyRefresh® achieved carbon neutrality and earned the CarbonNeutral® company certification for the year 2020. This builds on ReadyRefresh’s continuous journey to reduce its environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions. For example, we’re converting 50% of our beverage delivery trucks to propane this year and have started to add electric vehicles to our last-mile fleet. Our new route optimization has led to a reduction in customer delivery miles by 600,000 in 2019. Now, we’re shipping water dispensers by train rather than by truck and we’re using 100% renewable electricity in our Texas facilities where possible. This addition of using renewable electricity helps reduce emissions by 397 tons per year and ReadyRefresh is exploring options to expand its use of renewable electricity to its 11 branches in Florida and Pennsylvania.
  • Working toward a waste-free future through packaging design: Using recycled plastic has a 67% smaller carbon footprint than using new plastic.
    • In July, multiple sizes of three more of our brands – Ozarka® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Deer Park® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water – joined Poland Spring® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and began converting packaging to 100% recycled plastic.
    • The packaging conversion for these additional three brands means that NWNA has now doubled the amount of rPET used since 2019 across its U.S. domestic portfolio to 16.5%. This step brings the company closer to achieving its goals of using 25% rPET across its U.S. domestic portfolio by 2021 and 50% rPET by 2025.
    • Now, four out of our six regional spring water brands offer bottles made out of 100% recycled plastic.
    • Furthermore, all individual sized Arrowhead® Brand Mountain Spring Water produced in California are made using 50% recycled plastic.
  • Advancing stewardship practices to manage water resources responsibly: We’ve long engaged in water stewardship best practices and have managed water for long-term sustainability while addressing shared water challenges within the watershed by engaging with the community. In August, our Ontario, California water bottling site became the first food and beverage factory in the world to earn Platinum certification under the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard, recognizing the site’s performance in water stewardship and community engagement.

 

Want to tune in?

All Climate Week events will be available to view from The Climate Group’s Facebook Watch page starting on Monday, September 21. You can also search the events program, save events to your schedule and explore Climate Week NYC from your cell phone via the free mobile phone app available on iOS and Android.