ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

ACTING WITH THE ENVIRONMENT IN MIND

The Walt Disney Company is committed to protecting the planet and delivering a positive environmental legacy for future generations as we operate and grow our business.

OUR IMPACT

The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to environmental stewardship goes back to our founding more than 90 years ago. Walt himself said that “conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.” Here are just a few ways we are focused on helping to protect the planet we all share.

Renewable Electricity

In 2019, we brought online a new 270-acre, 50 megawatt solar facility at Walt Disney World, built in collaboration with the Reedy Creek Improvement District and Origis Energy USA. This facility is anticipated to generate enough power from the sun to operate two of our four theme parks in Orlando annually.

Conserving Fuel

Did you know that the steam trains and the Mark Twain Riverboat at Disneyland Resort in California run on biodiesel made from our own recycled cooking oil? We also operate our bus fleet at Walt Disney World using 50% renewable diesel fuel, while our film and TV productions are piloting electric generators on set.

Sustainable Design

The Grand Central Creative Campus expansion in Glendale, CA received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. The 460-kilowatt solar photovoltaic installation on the parking garage provides 12% of the energy use for the new building.

Reducing Waste

We eliminated single-use plastic straws and stirrers at all owned and operated locations across the globe, a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually. All Disney hotels and cruise ships are also transitioning to refillable in-room amenities, reducing plastics in guest rooms by 80%.

Using Water Responsibly

At Disney, we recognize that water is a precious resource for our operations and the communities in which we operate. We have kept our water consumption flat compared to a 2013 baseline through conservation measures, upgrading and repairing infrastructure and using non-potable water where possible.

Greening Production

Since 2009, an Environmental Steward has worked on each of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action feature film crews to establish recycling and reuse programs on set and educate the cast and crew on environmental best practices.

Protecting Nature

For over a decade, Disney has invested in nature-based climate solutions. These natural places provide habitats for animals and resources for local communities through food, shelter, and income, all while helping reduce the impact of climate change.

Commuter Assistance

Our commuter assistance program provides employees with alternative commute options and incentives to reduce traffic congestion, enhance work life balance, help reduce greenhouse gas emission, and ensure compliance with regional regulations.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY HIGHLIGHTS

300M+

gallons of water saved (2013-2019)

292

acres of solar panels at Walt Disney World

9M+

trees planted

TARGETS

Targets are an important tool that help measure our progress and guide our ambitions. We strive to meet our long-term vision of attaining net zero greenhouse gas emissions and waste, while conserving water resources throughout our diverse businesses. To help us achieve this, we are working towards the following targets:

REDUCING EMISSIONS

By 2020, we aim to reduce our net emissions by 50% compared to a 2012 baseline. In 2019 we successfully reduced our net emissions by 47% compared to 2012.

WASTE DIVERSION

By 2020, we aim to divert 60% of waste from landfills and incineration. In 2019, we achieved a 57% diversion rate.

WATER CONSERVATION

We achieved our 2018 water target to hold global potable water use flat to our 2013 levels. We achieved this target for the second consecutive year in 2019.

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800 JOBS

All of the forestry projects in our portfolio support local economies and communities, providing employment opportunities such as park rangers, tree planters, and seasonal workers. As a result, approximately 800 jobs have been created to help monitor the project.

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9M+ TREES

Projects we support are restoring degraded land to vibrant forests. By planting over 9 million trees, we are bringing growth back to these communities, removing carbon dioxide from the air, protecting water resources, and creating healthy communities.

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1 MILLION ACRES

Our investments in natural climate solutions have reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 900,000 cars from the road and protected over 1 million acres of forest.

PROJECTS

ALTO MAYO PROTECTED FOREST

Disney has supported The Alto Mayo Protected Forest (AMPF) project, located in Peru, for nearly a decade. From its early stages to the success it is today, this unique project demonstrates how conservation and helping people can go hand in hand.

Located in the Peruvian Amazon, the 182,000-hectare AMPF faces high deforestation pressures from unsustainable agricultural practices and illegal logging.

With Disney’s support, Conservation International (CI) launched programs to reduce community reliance on the forest as an economic resource, while also building local capacity for better management of the AMPF.

WATER BENEFITS

Beyond climate benefits and habitat conservation, the forest regulates freshwater sources in the region by acting as a natural filter for more than 240,000 people. During dry periods, runoff from the forest replenishes local streams providing irrigation to crops and water to the community.

FARMER BENEFITS

The forest provides access to training on sustainable farming methods, making organic compost, and pruning coffee trees.

Farmers have tripled their production yield, improved the quality of their product, and begun earning more money for their premium, fair trade organic coffee.

IMPACT

Since 2008, the Alto Mayo Forest project has reduced deforestation in the area by 75% and protected habitats for over unique species, such as the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey.

CUYAMACA RANCHO STATE PARK

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, first the home of the Kumeyaay Indians and currently a California State Park east of San Diego, helps people to get outdoors. In 2003, the devastating Cedar Fire devoured the majority of the park and killed all seeds. Since natural regeneration will not occur, Disney is supporting efforts to restore the park to its former beauty.

VISITOR BENEFITS

Restoring Cuyamaca Rancho State Park will immerse the more than 400,000 visitors who come annually to camp, hike, horseback ride, and mountain bike in nature.

LAND BENEFITS

The new forest canopy will protect against invasive weeds and minimize erosion risks, which will ultimately protect watershed functions in this drought-prone region.

IMPACT

The Cuyamaca Rancho State Park project planted over 1,000 acres of native trees that will support wildlife, and continue to be a destination for people to explore.