#ISCACONNECT | Outside Looking In Session - ISCouncil

#ISCACONNECT | Outside Looking In Session

Thursday, 22 August 2019

#ISCACONNECT | Outside Looking In Session

Following its debut at last year’s Annual Conference, we have brought back the hugely popular Outside Looking in session at #ISCACONNECT, and we have a spectacular line-up. Nando’s, Toyota, IKEA and THE ICONIC will be taking centre stage on 16th October, to share how they are driving sustainability in their respective industries.


Elke Lindner

Elke Lindner, Sustainability and Environment Manager at Toyota Australia since 2015, leads the strategic pathway towards the global Toyota Environment Challenge 2050 of achieving zero emissions; and developing a recycling-based society.

With a Master in Social Science (Environment and Planning, RMIT) and accreditation including Green Star and Infrastructure Sustainability, Elke has been identifying and implementing sustainability initiatives with all levels of Government and industry for over 15 years. Elke will share her passion for environmental sustainability and take you on Toyota’s ‘Start your impossible’ journey towards ‘Mobility solutions for all Australians’.

In 2015 Toyota globally released its ambitious “Toyota Environment Challenge 2050” with the aim to achieve:

  1. Zero vehicle emissions;
  2. Zero life cycle emissions;
  3. Zero facility and manufacturing emissions;
  4. Minimise water use;
  5. Recycling based society; and
  6. Developing a community in harmony with nature.

This presentation will share Toyota’s vision and provide an overview of policies and strategies towards the 2050 Challenge. Elke will share a case study around developing a Hydrogen society in Australia – Introducing the Fuel Cell vehicle, the ‘Mirai’ and initiatives to raise awareness for hydrogen electric vehicles. This includes the mobile refueler and project for hydrogen generation at Toyota’s old manufacturing plant in Altona, to be developed into a Centre of Excellence.

Elke will also be showcasing Toyota’s new Part Centre in Sydney’s West. Opened in November 2018, the Part Centre was built to Green Star Performance standards and includes a 605KW roof system. It is on track to achieve Zero emission by 2020 with future proofing allowing for up to 2.5 MW solar power generation on site, considering potential future hydrogen generation for trucks or fork-lifts.

Bob Gordon

Bob Gordon has worked in sustainability in the retail and hospitality sector for over 15 years. He has led Nando’s sustainability agenda for 7 years, both in the UK and more recently in Australia. Prior to that he has worked in policy, research and campaign groups on environmental and social issues in the UK.

Nando’s is striving to improve its impact in the world, having recently adopted the global purpose statement ‘Changing Lives, Together’. The strategy to achieve this ambition is to drive a culture of purpose, which changes mindsets and ultimately improves both environmental sustainability and social impact.

Bob will talk about how Nando’s are improving their practices by putting business purpose at the centre of everything they do.

Dr Kate Ringvall

Dr Kate Ringvall is no stranger to the infrastructure space, having previously worked in sustainable transport planning and has a passion for sustainable cities. Kate has over 20 years experience in sustainability, and is the Country Sustainability Leader for IKEA Australia.

IKEA have the ambitious goal to become a fully circular business by 2030 – that means zero waste, being powered by 100% renewable energy, ensuring zero emissions from home deliveries from home deliveries, and reducing staff and customer travel emissions by 50%.

Kate will tackle the business opportunity, consumer problems and solutions, and how IKEA are giving furniture a second chance.

Alessia Verderio

Alessia Verderio has a strong retail background with 8 years of experience in understanding and managing this sector’s major environmental impacts. Alessia has previously worked for the leather-goods brand Bottega Veneta (Kering Group) in Milan and more recently for David Jones, before joining THE ICONIC as Environment Manager.

THE ICONIC’s core value is customer liberation and being a responsible business is key piece of this commitment towards our customers. From working conditions in the supply chain and community issues, to the environmental impacts of our packaging and transporting orders to customers, THE ICONIC’s responsibility is multifaceted, and each of these facets are equally important and built in their approach to Sustainability.

Alessia is going to speak about THE ICONIC’s journey to make a positive impact through its own operations, and the importance of stakeholders and customers engagement.


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