02 MAR 2022

ADSW Talks: Operating within environmental limits

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. The company has a beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lays, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

In this edition of ADSW Talks, Eugene Willemsen, CEO of Africa, Middle East and South Asia at Pepsico, shares his insights around pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) a new strategic business initiative aimed at transforming the company’s operations, value chains and evolve its portfolio of food & beverage products so that they are better for the planet and people.

The ADSW Talks series hosts influential figures from across the sustainability sector to share their perspectives on the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world and the collective willpower and solutions needed to build a more sustainable future for all.

18 MAY 2022

Decarbonizing Transportation is Key Sustainability Challenge, Costa Rican Minister tells ADSW Talks

In Masdar’s most recent episode of ADSW Talks, a recurring video series in which influential global sustainability figures share their perspectives, Her Excellency Paola Vega Castillo, Costa Rican Minister of Science, Technology, and Telecommunications, said transportation is one of the biggest issues facing Costa Rica in its decarbonization journey.

Like the UAE, Costa Rica is already considered a global sustainability leader, named the second-most sustainable country in the world by the World Energy Council in 2017, and ‘UN Champion of the Earth’ in 2019.

Today, “about 98 percent of the energy we produce comes from renewable resources,” HE Castillo said. “The problem is that, when it comes to transportation, we have strong carbon emissions that we want to decrease. That’s why decarbonization is very important for us as a country.”

Last November, Costa Rica joined the UAE in adopting its own plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To do that, the Central American nation has prioritized “strong progress” in electrified transportation by the end of the decade to both dramatically reduce its carbon footprint and support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Innovation will remain critical, HE Castillo said: “By means of innovation, we must find ways to be more effective in terms of productive, in terms of consumption, and also think about the new product and services that will help us face our current challenges without taking from nature what is not necessary to take from it.”

In addition, HE Castillo emphasized the importance of global initiatives like Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which “are very important in order to, on the one hand, raise awareness of the consequences of our way of living, and also to provide these opportunities for networking—because we need all the knowledge and talent worldwide.”

ADSW Talks - HE Santiago Cafiero

11 APR 2022

ADSW Talks: Advancing Argentina’s sustainability agenda

Argentina, which recently committed to a 2050 Net Zero target, has been implementing new regulatory frameworks and laws to advance the electrification of its mobility sector, expand electricity interconnectors, and ensure that environmental education is part of the curriculum across schools in the country. 

In the latest edition of ADSW Talks, HE Santiago Cafiero, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Argentine Republic, shares insight into how the second-largest country in South America is modifying regulation to advance its sustainability agenda.  

The ADSW Talks series hosts influential figures from across the sustainability sector to share their perspectives on the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world and the collective willpower and solutions needed to build a more sustainable future for all.

 

04 MAR 2022

ADSW Talks: Accelerating the energy transition

The global energy transition is leading to the greater adoption and penetration of renewable energy around the world. Deploying clean technologies like wind and solar is now cost competitive against traditional forms of energy, opening up opportunities to further reduce carbon emissions, while expanding new avenues for job creation and investment.

In this edition of ADSW Talks, we hear from HE Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, where he shares insights into how the UAE is taking a leading role in the global energy transition. His Excellency also explains the country’s own clean energy strategy, which will increase the contribution of clean energy in the total energy mix from 25 per cent to 50 per cent by 2050 and reduce carbon footprint of power generation by 70 percent, saving AED 700 billion.

The ADSW Talks series hosts influential figures from across the sustainability sector to share their perspectives on the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the world and the collective willpower and solutions needed to build a more sustainable future for all.