Author: Ruth Moorman

Navigating the Opportunities and Pitfalls of International Renewable Energy Markets (webinar)

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Scott Martin, VP, Business Partnerships, and Maya Kelty, Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, partner with CDP on an interactive webinar with several 3Degrees clients. Scott and Maya to explore the nuances and complexities of the global renewable energy market.

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Pacific Power’s Blue Sky Wind Farm Facility (video)

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This 50 MW project came online in 2016 and is composed of 25 turbines. Over the course of construction, the project created construction jobs, helped boost the surrounding economy and provided an interesting project for local spectators to keep tabs on. Located in the small town of Huntington, Oregon, the wind farm is located on a family owned ranch and is expected to be fully operational for 20 years.

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How One Multinational Food & Beverage Company is Reducing Global Emissions – at No Additional Cost

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Company-goals
Mondelez InternationalIn 2017, Mondelēz International engaged 3Degrees for assistance meeting an ambitious goal: reducing its absolute greenhouse gas emissions vs. a historic base year in each of its four global operating regions. The company thinks of emissions reductions in a virtuous cycle, progressing through usage reduction, on-site consumption from low and zero carbon sources, cost effective solutions that don’t require a change in the supply chain and, finally, off-site renewable solutions to help close any remaining gap. Mondelēz International had been making steady progress through energy efficiency and other on-site solutions, but needed additional reductions to achieve its goals. 3Degrees was hired for a three-year engagement to establish a strategy to achieve the company’s goals across all regions and to support the regional teams’ resulting implementation.

Challenges

We knew that Mondelēz International’s needs were complex, but we were up to the task and readily accepted the challenge. The company’s ambitious requirements included: the reductions needed to be in place for calendar year 2020 reporting; each region must meet the goal independently; each implementation solution must have a cost-neutral or cost-saving economic profile; and no unbundled instruments such as RECs or GOs could be used.

How we helped

3Degrees began the engagement by identifying emissions hotspots across Mondelēz International’s global operations, then assessed specific countries where it could get the “best bang for their carbon buck”. For example, we looked for opportunities where one solution could address multiple issues, thus optimizing the company’s resources. We honed in on four areas that looked to be the most promising in meeting Mondelēz International’s goals:

  • On-site solar
  • Green retail (in deregulated markets)
  • Combined heat and power solutions (CHP)
  • Off-site renewable solutions

For each one of these prospective solutions, 3Degrees conducted a comprehensive analysis that was specific to each region and its target reduction goals. The analysis also included an assessment of specific facilities in the region whose emissions profiles were sufficiently large to allow for a meaningful contribution to the goal should a reduction solution be pursued. We then mapped solutions to each facility, taking into account regional policy environments, resource availability, vendor landscape, project economics, and other factors.

“This was an ambitious assignment because Mondelēz International’s needs were complex and global in nature. But we were up to the challenge and feel very positive about the global strategy road map we were able to deliver and the significant emissions reductions that will come as a result.”

– ERIN CRAIG, VP ENERGY AND CLIMATE PRACTICE, 3DEGREES

Results

3Degrees delivered a global strategy roadmap that will enable Mondelēz International to meet its emissions reduction goals in all four regions by the company’s 2020 target, with solutions that are cost-neutral or better. In some regions, multiple implementation options are available and the company’s regional teams are engaged in final alignment discussions; in other regions, implementation work has already begun. 3Degrees is supporting these implementations, as well as needed changes in Mondelēz International’s greenhouse gas accounting practices to correctly quantify the resulting reductions.

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How One Global Beverage Company Took Pure Water to the Next Level

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VOSS LogoIn 2007, leading beverage brand VOSS set out on a mission to take a hard look at the holistic environmental impact of its exceptionally pure bottled water products.  Although VOSS offered some of the cleanest water products in the world, the company realized the process of sourcing, bottling and bringing its products to market in over 50 countries had a significant carbon footprint as the price for its success.  Inconsistent with their environmental values and detrimental to the very resources from which VOSS water flows, VOSS decided it was time to make a change.

VOSS approached 3Degrees to help it comprehensively address its carbon emissions, which were only going to grow significantly as the company achieved greater success.

Challenges

VOSS was looking for a thorough, meaningful solution to address its cradle-to-grave product life cycle carbon footprint from the moment it sources its water to the moment the bottle is recycled. VOSS entrusted 3Degrees to dive deep and come up with a methodology and approach that would be impactful, holistic and scale with the company’s global ambitions.

How we helped

There were three phases to 3Degrees’ engagement with VOSS.

3Degrees' Role

Phase One – Carbon Footprint Advising and Calculation

We kicked off our work with VOSS with a comprehensive carbon footprint analysis and recommendations on ways to reduce their overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  3Degrees calculated and accounted for greenhouse gas emissions from all stages of VOSS’s product life cycle, as well as all employee travel and business activities.  This “end to end” product life cycle assessment calculates the impact of the raw material extraction and processing, transport of raw materials, bottling processes, transportation of finished products and, finally, end-of-life management including refilling, recycling or disposal of the bottles and packaging. 3Degrees’ greenhouse gas emissions reduction recommendations spanned product life cycle stages.

Phase Two – High Caliber Carbon Offsets Purchase

To offset unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions, 3Degrees worked with VOSS to identify and select high quality carbon offset projects in the U.S., China and later Australia. The projects were evaluated and selected on the basis of VOSS’s criteria for desired project technologies, geographic locations, volumes, co-benefits, marketability and price point. VOSS then committed to an annual purchase of offsets from the selected projects to neutralize the company’s unavoidable carbon footprint.

Phase Three – Communicating to Stakeholders

Once 3Degrees and VOSS agreed on the strategy for the carbon offsets and implemented the purchase, VOSS wanted to communicate its plan to stakeholders in a compelling manner.  VOSS was proud of its environmental commitment and wanted to share that story, but was keenly aware of the need to message it accurately, humbly, and with integrity.  3Degrees’ marketing and design teams developed strategic and tactical communications recommendations, including an environmental mission statement, messaging for packaging, and press release and website copy.

3Degrees built a tremendous amount of trust with the VOSS team and our initial one-time engagement with the company turned into a relationship that’s lasted more than a decade. 

Results

Through the partnership with 3Degrees, VOSS was able to:

  • Calculate its cradle-to-grave lifecycle carbon footprint
  • Implement company-wide carbon reduction efforts
  • Mitigate the impact of its unavoidable product life cycle greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of high-caliber verified carbon offsets
  • Powerfully communicate its environmental commitment to internal and external stakeholders

More on Energy and Climate Consulting with 3Degrees.

Why my work matters: Kathleen Nickerson

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Kathleen Nickerson is a partnership manager in our utility practice.
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Some of my favorite projects:

  • Worked with mayor, city council and the city’s largest employers to successfully promote renewable energy in a coastal Oregon city.
  • For a large western utility, supported a multi-million dollar grant program that funded renewable energy projects for non-profits and municipalities.
  • Based on feedback received from a utility’s customers, expanded our call center services to provide information about all renewable energy options available through the utility.
  • Helped to found and manage the 3Degrees corporate giving and volunteer program, getting buy-in for employee volunteer activities and a company donation match program.

 

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I work in this industry because I want to leave a legacy.

 Special skills & expertise

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Skilled in building community support for renewable energy Proven ability to manage and motivate teams of seasonal and part-time workers Creates pilot programs and then takes them to scale Superpower:
A switch hitter, she is equally skilled at writing, number crunching and relationship building

 

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Why my work matters: Lisa DiMartino

Lisa DiMartino is a senior manager in our utility practice.
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Some of my favorite recent projects:

  • Serving as a founding member of the 3Degrees diversity and inclusion team with responsibility for leading D&I training, including our first ever company-wide, in-person training.
  • For a northwest utility, managed several large, multi-city community challenges, working with community leaders to promote renewable energy through events, outreach and other marketing tactics.
  • Helped a utility client bring together separate but related marketing initiatives around energy efficiency and renewable energy, resulting in improved customer experience.

 

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I’m passionate about inspiring clients and their customers to choose renewable energy, and in doing so, help transform the industry.

 Special skills & expertise

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15 years of sustainability experience Identifying client needs and building solutions to address them Data driven approach to marketing and outreach Conversational Spanish Superpower:
Facilitates and inspires teams through collaboration, inclusion, transparency and heart.

 

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