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High Impact Sectors: the Challenge of Reporting on Climate Change

Corporate Carbon Footprints – Is the Business World Doing Enough?

Business is the ‘elephant in the room’, say global sustainability experts. Crucially, companies in developing countries are among leaders in climate change reporting. It is vital to monitor what enterprises are doing to measure and reduce their carbon usage. The business world’s response to climate change is examined in detail in a four-part joint report, published today by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and GRI (the Global Reporting Initiative), called High Impact Sectors: the Challenge of Reporting on Climate Change (PDF) Launched today at the COP15 Climate Change Summit, the report provides an insight into the degree to which large companies around the world from the 15 most high-impact industry sectors have begun to disclose their greenhouse... »

Dragon’s Den — Theo Paphitis

Firms apply for Green Loans

Dragons’ Den investor Theo Paphitis has urged small businesses to reduce their carbon footprint with the help of an interest–free ‘green’ loan from the Carbon Trust. A £31 million funding pot is available under the Carbon Trust’s Energy Efficiency Loan scheme. Eligible firms can borrow between £5,000 and £200,000 for new or replacement equipment that is more energy–efficient. Qualifying businesses must have fewer than 250 employees, 12 months’ trading history and a good credit rating. The size of the loan available will depend on the energy–related cost savings from the investment. Loans do not require security and must be paid back over four years. Theo, who is appearing in the Carbon Trust’s nationwide advertising ca... »

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Free Workshops to Help Firms Cut CO2 Emissions

The Carbon Trust has launched a series of free workshops across the UK to help businesses reduce their carbon emissions. Businesses that attend the events will be taught how to measure and reduce their carbon footprint. The workshops will also include advice on how to achieve the newly launched Carbon Trust Standard, which is awarded to businesses who have made a significant year–on–year reduction in their carbon emissions. “In these tough economic times and with rising energy prices, it has never been so important to cut your carbon emissions and gain bottom–line benefits,” said Carbon Trust solutions director Hugh Jones. “These workshops allow attendees to mix with fellow businesses in their region and receive practical guidance on how to achieve real ... »

Carbon Trust Standard Enables SMEs to Show Green Credentials

Businesses can demonstrate their commitment to reducing carbon emissions, using an independent and credible means, following the launch of a new ‘green’ Standard by the Carbon Trust. Firms will only qualify for the Standard if they have reduced their carbon footprint over a continued period and intend to reduce it further. They will not be able to achieve the standard just by offsetting their emissions. To achieve the Standard, small businesses will need to present historic data from the past year or two years, depending on their size. The Carbon Trust Standard is the first of its kind that requires an organisation to measure, manage and reduce its carbon footprint and make real reductions year-on-year. “What businesses and consumers share is a desire for one, credible wa... »