Sustainability reporting of the FTSE 100 – What’s new for 2016?

Posted by Emily Jackson on 21-Sep-2016 11:30:12

The announcement today that the UK is likely to ratify the Paris climate deal this year means that we need to think about how those targets become national policies, and the role that businesses must take in reducing carbon emissions and managing their environmental impacts.

With that in mind, we are excited to be launching our 2016 Sustainability Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100 research on 29th September.

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Fuel for thought: divesting from fossil fuels

Posted by Emily Jackson on 30-Aug-2016 14:00:52

The earth’s fossil fuel reserves are not going to run out any time soon. As technology develops, our capacity to discover and extract such reserves are only going to increase. Humanity will not stop burning fossil fuels because they have run out, as hypothesised in theories such as “peak oil”. To quote Dieter Helm “there is enough oil, coal and gas to fry the planet many times over...there is no imminent resource crunch around the corner”. Fossil fuel reserves must, therefore, be left unused by choice. This is a decision that must be made and implemented at all levels – by governments, by organisations and by individuals.

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How do I futureproof my business for sustainable, long-term value?

Posted by Mark Chadwick on 11-Aug-2016 15:17:16

The climate is changing, and will continue to change, as a result of increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Regardless of how quickly we reduce our emissions, a certain amount of change is now inevitable, and there will be implications for society and the businesses that serve it. Clearly, the faster we can cut emissions the lower the impact will be, but we’re now in an era of balancing action to mitigate our emissions with our plans to adapt to changes that are around the corner. 

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Topics: Carbon management, carbon, businesses, Climate Change

How do I differentiate my business from my competitors?

Posted by James Ramsay on 04-Aug-2016 12:53:45

My children are wonderfully obsessed by Albert Einstein and, in particular, his amazing array of inventions. “How could he have known about helicopters?” they squeak in delight to which I answer “Because he was happy to be different”. Of course this suits me as I encourage them, at an age when there is huge peer pressure to conform, not to follow the crowd and to feel comfortable in being themselves. However, it also has resonance in how organisations address their sustainability issues.

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How do I make my business more resource efficient AND save money?

Posted by Steve Jarvis on 26-Jul-2016 09:05:28

Regardless of the recent changes in government and cabinet positions, the UK government has recently put into force binding legislation that pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 57% from 1990 levels by 2030. These are bold and important targets if we are to meet our Paris COP 21 commitments and keep warming below 2 degrees. 

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How do I report information that meets stakeholder needs?

Posted by Henry Garthwaite on 21-Jul-2016 09:47:50

Many of us in the sustainability sector are in the middle of a busy sustainability and carbon reporting cycle be it for regulatory purposes – such as the CRC, MGHGR or one of numerous disclosure and ranking schemes – such as DJSI, FTSE4Good, GRESB, CDP, or perhaps for our own public reporting purposes. 

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How do I build a business case that will kick start sustainability in my business?

Posted by Stuart Lemmon on 12-Jul-2016 17:21:32

When discussing strategy and sustainability there is, I think, a danger of lapsing into what one of my colleagues affectionately calls “management dude speak”. However, done well, a strategic approach should help manage risks and make the most of opportunities. Here we expand on some of these themes and whilst aiming to keep the dude speak to a minimum!

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The shift to low-carbon investment

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 06-Jul-2016 17:14:46

Earlier this year, Peabody Coal, the largest private sector coal company in the world, filed for bankruptcy amidst falling global coal prices. Peabody Coal is one of five coal companies that have sought bankruptcy since 2011. Financial analysts have attributed what’s happening in the coal sector in part to environmental causes – more stringent legislation and declining demand for coal in favour of lower carbon fuels.

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From rats to risk: how climate change is shaping the future

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 23-Jun-2016 14:36:04

The media have reported another climate change first. Research carried out by scientists found the Bramble Cay melomys (a small rat native to Australia) has become extinct. But more than the extinction of an entire species, itself a terrible occurrence, the researchers concluded that it ‘probably represents the first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change’.

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CDP deadline fast approaching!

Posted by Suzannah Sherman on 09-Jun-2016 16:09:22

An interview with one of our expert CDP consultants

Take a look at our interview with CDP expert consultant Suzannah Sherman about how the changes to the scoring methodology have been received and see if she can help you can squeeze those final few points out of your disclosure before the deadline.


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