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Managing everything from cruise ships to theme parks to millions of licensed products, The Walt Disney Co. is finding the best approaches to its ambitious goals are often local in nature.
As a diversified products, real estate, theme park and cruise company (to name just a few things that it does) The Walt Disney Co. faces some unique corporate sustainability challenges. In fact, every single one of its business unit leaders is part of the Environmental Council -- which sets goals and then leaves it up to local divisions and communities to deliver.
This week, the company has released its 2010 Corporate Citizenship Report, which illustrates just how tough it will be to embrace a truly sustainable operations model. One example centers on Disney's greenhouse gas emissions. Even though the company has set a zero net goal for direct greenhouse gas emissions over the long term, it actually reported a slight increase of 0.5 percent between 2009 and 2010. Between 2006 (its baseline year) and 2010, Disney HAS managed a cumulative 4.6 percent decrease. But it seems pretty likely that it will miss its ultimate goal of achieving 50 percent of its long-term goal by the end of 2012 unless it has some surprises up its sleeve.
The chart below breaks down the different contributions that the various units contribute, and you can see that the resorts and theme parks that Disney manages are probably its trickiest proposition when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. I'm sure that theme park attendance is partially to blame for the erratic performance the chart shows.
The company says investments in forestry projects of approximately $15.5 million during 2009 and 2010 will help provide offset credits toward its greenhouse gas emissions reduction mission during its fiscal year 2012. Those investments have been centered on projects in Peru, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the lower Mississippi Valley, in Northern California and in Inner Mongolia, China.
To its credit, Disney HAS managed a 6.6 percent decrease in electricity consumption since 2006; its goal is a 10 percent reduction by 2013. Contributing to this progress have been technologies including energy management systems, new lighting, and updated heating, air condition and ventilation (HVAC) systems. Disneyland Resort, for example, has installed a Thermal Energy Storage Tank that chills water overnight to help cool the resort's buildings.
Another area where Disney is making important progress: waste management. In 2010, the solid waste that Disney sent to landfills was 44 percent of the amount it sent in 2006. It doesn't say what total of its CURRENT waste it is sending but in practical terms, its goal means keeping the waste sent to landfill to below 137,556 tons annually. The company's goal is to reduce solid waste sent to landfills to 50 percent of its 2006 baseline by 2013. (It actually surpassed this goal in 2010, but we'll see where it bounces in 2011.) Some specific ways Disney manages its waste this include moving more quickly to digital, tapeless/filmless workflow and production techniques for its motion pictures. It is working with the Green Production Guide to source on-set products and services that have the least impact possible. In the theme parks, those PhotoPass cards that you get to run around are now made of 95 percent recycled content and the merchandise bags use 100 percent recycled content.
In one area that I'm watching closely, water management, Disney has a rather vague goal right now to "minimize water use." The company suggests that a more specific water conservation plan will be in place by the end of 2012. Considering the extent of its real estate holdings, this one should be interesting.
To its credit, Disney does have some specific water conservation programs in place. For example, it reclaims about 6 million gallons of water daily at the Walt Disney World Resort. Moreover, in the past year, the Disney Cruise Line has improved the water efficiency in its laundry operations by more than 20 percent by installing new technology.
Mar 24, 2011
In that same environment report, Disney also states: ???From 2006 to 2010, the total waste generated by our theme parks and resorts increased by 27,786 tons, due primarily to significant construction projects at Disneyland Resort in California." Perhaps all of their construction/renovations can be attributed also to the increase in greenhouse gas emissions? Just something to consider.
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Looks like Disney will hit their 2012 goal of 50% direct emissions reduction through carbon offset projects. Not my preferred way of achieving this goal since it looks like 90% of this goal will be met by this in 2012. The good thing is that these offsets are funded by their Climate Solutions Fund, which is sort of an internal carbon tax on internal business units based on what % they contribute to company's overall direct emissions output.
That was a very interesting account of how the Walt Disney Co. is strategizing in helping to save our environment!! It was really fascinating to read the chart with the break down in its various units contribute to reducing the green gas emissions!! It is interesting to read such articles and find out what is really happening when it comes to taking suitable steps to water conservation, waste management, etc. The wide use of air filtershas helped them to provide a healthy atmosphere.This article has educational value and can be used for assignments and the like!!