Walt Disney once quoted “conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.”
Now, 100 years since Disney’s formation in 1923, the organisation has set some incredible goals for the environment to achieve by 2030. Caring for the environment is something children should be taught from a young age and Disney’s goals are an important contribution especially in the lead up to World Environment Day on June 5.
These goals focus on reducing water usage and waste, its emissions and an overall improvement of sustainable design.
Since 2009, Disney has operated under a long-term vision to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions. In their goals they address how this can be helped by:
- Designing built environments to reduce or avoid emissions
- Reducing emissions through fuel and energy efficiency
- Replacing high-carbon energy sources with lower carbon
- Investing in certified natural climate solutions
Another of Disney’s environmental goals is its commitment to work towards zero waste to landfill for its wholly owned and operated parks, resorts, and cruise line, by 2030. Disney is also implementing operational and watershed protection strategies such as groundwater replenishment, improving water quality or enabling access to clean water.
Disney also had less total waste to landfills in 2019 than in 2014, despite the significant growth in their operations over that same period. Part of this reduction also included a reduction of plastic through the following strategies
• Reducing plastics in their hotels
• Reducing single-use plastics in food and beverage service
• Implementing and expanding reuse systems
• Engaging suppliers to reduce single-use plastics throughout
the supply chain.