climate change

SMEs Must Face Up to Climate Change

UK businesses need to be ready to face the risks and benefit from the opportunities that climate change could bring, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said today. A new survey of UK businesses and other organisations carried out for the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) by Ipsos MORI has found that while many businesses have been affected by the type of weather that climate change may bring, preparations for the impacts of climate change are not well advanced. Three quarters of the businesses surveyed were concerned about the effects of climate change on the UK and one in three (31%) had been significantly affected in the last three years by extreme weather such as flooding and drought. However, less than a quarter (23%) had actually started to do somethin... »

We are Not Important to  Climate Change, say Small Firms

We are Not Important to Climate Change, say Small Firms

Small businesses do not believe they have as significant a role to play in reducing carbon emissions as households, big business and the public sector, research from energy supplier npower has found. The annual Business Energy Index survey asked 200 small firms how they rated their influence in cutting carbon emissions. On average they ranked their importance at 5.1 out of a maximum score of 10. They rated households’ importance at 6.8, large businesses’ at 7.7 and the public sector’s at 8.1. The research also highlighted that 97% of small firms said reducing costs was more of a priority than reducing emissions. In addition, 52 per cent said the economic climate was reducing their ability to reduce their carbon footprint — up from 47 per cent a year ago. “As w... »

Getting It: Expert Perspectives on the Corporate Response to Climate Change

Climate Change: Is business “getting it”?

Mixed perspectives from experts on the corporate response to climate change. The business response to climate change is described as “timid” and “sleepy” by two of six expert commentators interviewed for a new report from ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), published today (7th December 2009). The report, called Getting It: Expert Perspectives on the Corporate Response to Climate Change, (PDF) interviewed six business and sustainability experts about the climate change and business debate. Professor Mervyn King, Chair of GRI’s board, believes that reporting can and does drive performance, and calls on the COP15 negotiators to deliver a clear message on the need to report more formally on climate chan... »

Climate Change – Everyone’s Business

Tackling Climate Change is now an urgent and shared national priority for businesses, consumers and government together according to a report released on Monday. Senior representatives from every major British business sector came together to assess and identify the threats posed by climate change and to develop an action plan to tackle the challenges. The CBI’s Climate Change Task Force report is the result of 10 months work by Chief Executives and Chairmen of some of Britain’s biggest companies. Heading the team was BT Chief Exec, Ben Verwaayen. The analysis of whether the UK can hit its carbon targets by 2020 are deemed unlikely but to reach the goals set for 2050 is certainly achievable but only if urgent action is taken to act sooner rather than later. By acting quickly th... »