Rachel Hunter

Rachel heads up Marketing and Communications at Carbon Clear. She has nine years experience of working in marketing, communications and public relations in the finance, energy and environment and charity sectors. Rachel’s skill set lies is in developing strategy, understanding client requirements and communicating accessible and interesting content across a range of digital, broadcast and print channels. She also has experience in managing events. Rachel holds a BA Hons in International Studies and French from the University of Birmingham.

Recent Posts

The importance of an ‘and’ approach when on the path to climate neutrality

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 03-Mar-2017 11:09:49

When it comes to addressing the impact of dangerous climate change, we know that a binary approach doesn’t work. The Kyoto Protocol era (1997-2012) taught us this lesson: developed vs developing countries, mitigation vs adaptation, perpetrator vs victim, etc. Although progress was made, it was not quick enough, inclusive enough or innovative enough to meet the huge global challenges we face as a result of manmade climate change.

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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

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

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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Which FTSE 100 company is the best at reporting sustainability?

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 04-Oct-2016 09:32:54

Congratulations to BT Group for ranking first in this year's Sustainability Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100 research. Marks and Spencer Group (M&S) scored a very close second, missing the top spot by one percentage point. Both of these companies really pave the way in terms of climate change best practice with holistic and extensive approaches to their sustainability strategies. Unilever ranked third thanks to its innovative approach to managing sustainability performance and engagement.


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Sustainability Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100 | 2016 Results

Posted by Rachel Hunter on 29-Sep-2016 06:00:00

The Sustainability Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100 is an annual research report that has been published for the past six years. 

Companies use it, alongside CDP and Dow Jones Sustainability Index, as a benchmark for how well they are publicly reporting.

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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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