Spring has arrived so it is time for Carbon Clear’s latest update on the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme.
2017: Hottest Year on Record?
Earlier this year it was widely reported that 2016 had been the hottest year ever. This week the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published its annual statement on the state of the global climate, confirming that 2016 was indeed the hottest year on record. The report states that 2016 was a full 1.1°C above the pre-industrial baseline, breaking the 2015 record by 0.06°C.
Topics: Climate Change
CDP recently published the materials companies need to be able to submit a disclosure to the 2017 investor led questionnaires (climate change, forests, water). The extent and breadth of this material and the questionnaires themselves may sometimes seem overwhelming.
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.
Increasingly companies are looking to set more ambitious targets to become climate neutral, to reduce their carbon impact and to remain competitive with their peers.
Targets are great, but once they have been set, emission reduction activities are required to reach the target and maintain momentum.
Topics: energy management
Derived from ancient Greek, the word strategy refers to a high level plan to achieve a long term goal. If our long term goal is to have zero impact on our climate, how does a sustainability strategy support that?
A carbon footprint is an essential component on the journey towards climate neutrality and is the first building block towards an intelligent sustainability strategy. A carbon footprint can also provide an initial risk screen for your organisation and help you understand the areas of opportunity for your business.
We know that more than ever, companies are taking seriously their impacts on the climate. 2016 research demonstrated that 99 of the largest public companies in the UK are reporting carbon emissions in their annual reports.
Topics: Climate neutral
The 2017/18 financial year will see the first year of reporting under the EU Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) Directive, which was implemented into UK law as the ‘ The Companies, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Non-Financial Reporting) Regulations 2016’, effective January 1st 2017.
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.