Three areas of focus for business and sustainability during 2017

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 09-Jan-2017 15:35:10

I’ve not set resolutions this year. However, this year I have decided that I’d like to not take certain things with me into 2017. I’d like to leave the negative aspects of 2016 behind and focus on the now.

This particularly resonates for me when I think about climate change. So much was achieved in 2016 – ratification of the Paris Agreement and the ongoing march of renewable energy as an economically competitive energy source – but sometimes other events overshadowed the good news.

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Topics: Climate Change, sustainability

The Christmas gift that keeps on giving

Posted by Vaiva Vazgileviciute on 19-Dec-2016 16:04:21

He who let year 2016 continue should have been fired. All the unprecedented events that happened in the world this year have caused so much turmoil and trouble. For him it’s just a little bit of fun (well, sorry dude, but we don’t find it funny). Luckily (oh, so luckily!), all is not lost!

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Making climate change risk more mainstream

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 14-Dec-2016 13:27:06

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has today recommended through its Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) that companies based in G20 nations adopt a range of best practices to report on environmental risks. The group was set up by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney in his role as head of the FSB.

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Topics: Climate Risk

Good value chain: overcoming the challenge of collecting Scope 3 emissions

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 07-Dec-2016 15:37:31

Measuring Scope 1 and 2 emissions is standard practice for many companies. Our research into the sustainability reporting performance of the FTSE 100 found only one company not providing this information publicly. In the context of stakeholder demand and the need to manage business risk, companies are increasingly looking to understand emissions in their value chain (Scope 3 emissions).

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Topics: Value chain, Scope 3

8 things you need to know about COP 22

Posted by Olivier Levallois on 01-Dec-2016 11:29:38

Climate change negotiations are a little like Moroccan tea.

It begins with the spectacle of serving the tea, pouring from a hight to aerate it to create a thin layer of frothy bubbles. After that, there is a longer phase, which requires patience as the tea cools and becomes drinkable.

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Topics: cop21, COP22

Sustainable Development Goals: what's the role for business?

Posted by Joshua Holland on 23-Nov-2016 17:37:33

Leading businesses are engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to focus their environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts. This helps ensure that they continue to play a part in building a more resilient world through economic growth and opportunity while also addressing social and environmental need.

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Topics: Sustainable Development Goals

Beyond emissions in the transition to low carbon

Posted by Olivier Levallois on 16-Nov-2016 11:40:07

World leaders are into the second week at COP 22 in Marrakech, 'writing the rule book' on how to achieve the commitments to climate action laid out at Paris in 2015. As it stands, 110 parties out of 197 have ratified their commitment, showing world unification at a time where collation seams sparse.

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The worst performing sector is most likely to have an energy management system

Posted by Naomi Rich on 10-Nov-2016 08:55:16

There are many ways to see how well a company is doing at sustainability – CDP, DJSI, FTSE4Good, ISOs, Carbon Trust Standard etc. Sometimes it can all seem a bit overwhelming trying to understand what it means and whether a company is actually considering sustainability as part of its business strategy, or if it’s just applying stickers to cover a hole.

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Topics: businesses, energy

Positive energy: businesses and renewables

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 02-Nov-2016 09:22:49

Friday 4th November marks the beginning of the historic Paris Agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) on a global level. This means that all countries must now begin to implement the plan laid out in their ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (INDCs), including regular reporting on efforts to reduce emissions.

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Topics: paris agreement, renewable, cop21

CDP - are companies doing enough?

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 25-Oct-2016 12:24:34

CDP has today released a report examining the findings of company disclosures to its Climate Change Questionnaire.

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