Sustainable Business: A Conversation with TD's Chief Environment Officer

Each year, the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit brings together industry leaders to talk about sustainable business and finance.  This year, TD's Chief Environment Officer, Karen Clarke-Whistler, participated as a panelist and her perspective was included in the a report that captures the insights and learnings from the conference.

We sat down with Clarke-Whistler to get her thoughts on the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Q. What does sustainable business look like in 2030?

When we look nearly 20 years into the future, we see strong successful cities as centres of economic growth, driven by technological innovation and enabled by low-carbon systems and services.

Q: To achieve a low-carbon future, what's the biggest opportunity you see looking forward?

Electrification driven by reliable, low-carbon sources is by far the biggest opportunity. That means expanding our use of electricity to include heating, cooling and fuel where possible.

Q: What energy innovations are you most excited about?

Energy storage will allow us to move away from large, costly and non-resilient energy distribution systems. Think about solar power, for example – on-site storage could enable more homes to install solar panels that could store and provide energy as needed without homes having to rely solely on the energy grid. 

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