In Moana, the upcoming Disney musical about a brave Polynesian princess, is the ocean a character itself, explained John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios at the Cannes Film Festival. But Disney’s environmental commitment to save the planet is not limited to the actions of its animated heros on the big screen.
The environmental stewardship efforts and targets of the company are paying off. In 2014, Disney decreased net emissions 31% from 2012 levels and disclosed its companywide water usage for the first time. The Disney Studio Lots in Glendale and Burbank achieved a 75% waste diversion rate, up from 68% in 2013, through improved and enhanced recycling, composting and waste reduction efforts.
Key efficiency projects in 2014 included technology and operational process improvements. Disney is currently installing a fuel cell at its Burbank Studio Lot campus. The fuel cell will help supplement electricity use throughout the campus. This provides clean, quiet, efficient and reliable on-site power generation with minimal environmental impact.
Disney ABC Studios has established an innovative set recycling and rental program. This program has helped divert waste from the landfill while generating revenue by renting set materials to others in the entertainment industry. In April 2014, Disney signed the Ceres Climate Declaration . The declaration urges policymakers and business leaders to seize the economic opportunity in tackling climate change.
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