VW on Track to Meet 2018 ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ Sustainability Goals

From the boardroom and executive suite through the ranks of management, down to the factory floor and across its global network of dealers and suppliers, Volkswagen AG (VW) has been at the forefront of auto industry efforts to make ecological sustainability and social responsibility a strategic motivating force.

On Nov. 18,VW announced that its ‘Think Blue Factory‘ environmental sustainability program is on track for success. Per Think Blue. Factory’s targets, a total of some 5,000 individual measures are to be taken by 2018 as VW aims to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as waste, carbon dioxide (CO2) and solvent emissions, across all its factories 25 percent.

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Source: www.triplepundit.com

Sustainability Reporting ‘Now the Norm’

The quality of corporate nonfinancial reporting among leading companies is improving and sustainability reporting is now the norm for the world’s leading companies, according to research from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The research sample, composed of WBCSD’s membership and reviewed using criteria developed by London agency Radley Yeldar, shows companies are increasingly demonstrating how trends in the external environment inform corporate strategy. This reflects progress on the long-standing reporting challenges of prioritization of key nonfinancial issues, and connectivity of the content disclosed.

Many also set ambitious goals against the issues most material to their business, track progress through key performance indicators, and provide a balanced picture of performance of their businesses over time.

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Source: Environmental Leader

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014

B&Q scored a hat-trick and Sainsbury’s, AkzoNobel and Cap Gemini were among the other big winners at the 2014 Sustainability Leaders Awards.

The great and the good of the sustainability sector descended upon the Grand Connaught Rooms in London last night (19 November) for the eighth year of edie’s Awards which celebrate the very best in sustainable business.

A glittering ceremony, hosted by TV comedian and environmentalist Alistair McGowan, saw 74 shortlisted finalists whittled down to winners in 14 categories ranging from Carbon Management to Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability Reporting.

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Source: Edie News


Westcliff-on-Sea IT firm gets positive about emissions


11th September 2012

An Essex IT consultancy firm is set to become ‘carbon positive’.

Westcliff-on-Sea based Globalnet IT Innovations Ltd is a local company which helps businesses of all sizes to maximize the potential of their IT Infrastructure through innovative cloud computing solutions.

In order to become carbon positive, Globalnet has enlisted the services of leading international carbon consultancy Carbon-Expert.

Having a sustainability policy and dealing with business Green House Gas (GHG) emissions has become an intrinsic part of business management.

Major players in the IT industry, IBM and Microsoft, have already formulated sustainability policies and are actively looking at becoming carbon positive across the whole business.

Now it is the turn of smaller companies to get on board as well.

Robert Burdett,
Director of Globalnet IT Innovations explains. “We strive to offer the best and most beneficial IT solutions to our clients. With this in mind we are also conscious of the impact that IT has on the environment. We partnered with Carbon-Expert not only to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, but to prove how easy it is to go beyond carbon neutral to a point where a company can be beneficial to the environment, by using our cloud solutions our clients will now be able to do the same.”

Moya McKeown, Business Development Manager at Carbon-Expert said: “Being carbon positive is a recognized way to enhance your brand and reputation and sits nicely along with Globalnet IT ethos of providing good honest IT Consultancy and support.”

The fact that computers generate emissions is old news.

A 2007 article in The Economist revealed that computers, printers, mobile phones and the widgets that accompany them account for the emission of 830m tonnes of carbon dioxide around the world.

“The same report,” says Moya McKeown, “estimated that the spread of computers will increase these associated emissions by about 6 per cent annually until 2020.  Now  with Microsoft taking the lead with its ground breaking commitment to becoming Carbon Neutral by 2013 – the IT industry is moving to ensure it does not get left behind.”

“For most businesses the benefits of developing and maintaining a sustainability program out-weighs the costs both in time and money,” says McKeown.


Emirates Palace Marina – Opulence and Good for The Environment


Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Palace Marina has committed to measuring its impact on the environment.

Already registered under the International Blue Flag Award programme, Emirates Palace Marina is an exclusive 167 berth fully serviced marina securely located in the grounds of the Emirates Palace Hotel and has enlisted the services of leading international carbon consultancy Carbon-Expert.

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Climate change and what it means for investors


There seems to be an article every day now on the effects of climate change and why businesses and governments need to become more environmentally responsible but what does that mean for investors?

The graph shows the increase in Carbon Dioxide from 1960 – 2010 and it continues to
increase on an annual basis with measurements over 400 ppmv in the last month.

In an attempt to control and reduce the carbon emissions and greenhouse gases the
Kyoto Protocol was created as a way of monetising carbon output emissions. By making emissions reductions that have been verified a commodity that can be bought and sold by organisations a new asset class has been created, one that now offers a
fantastic investment opportunity for the forward thinking investor.

VER’s (Verified Emission Reductions) are credits derived from a wide-range of project
types, from small scale community driven projects, to large renewable energy
projects. Each VER represents a verified emission reduction of one tonne of CO2 or
equivalent gas, this means each credit is the result of a positive contribution
to the global effort to control climate change.

The VER market is growing rapidly. In 2008, 123.4 million metric tonnes of CO2 were transacted a near doubling of the 2007 volume.  VER prices then increased by 20% in 2009 when the market was valued at US$705 million and with a projected annual growth of 25% it offers a great investment option.

For more information on the trading of carbon credits or reducing your carbon footprint
please see our website www.carbon-expert.com or contact Moya McKeown at carbon-expert on 020 3137 5480




Going Carbon Positive with Cromwell Polythene


Cromwell Polythene Ltd based at Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds have been in business for 25 years and are a leading independent supplier of products for the waste management and recycling sector.  On 11th June 2012, they decided to follow a Carbon Positive process by deciding to work towards achieving a Carbon Neutral decision with Carbon-Expert a leading international carbon consultancy.

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