BusinessGreen 10 Years On: Corporate sustainability has entered the mainstream, but where does it go next?

BusinessGreen charts the rise of corporate engagement with sustainability over the last decade and unwraps the challenge facing the next decade of green business development

 “Darwin has always been misquoted in saying that ‘it’s the survival of the fittest’. But he didn’t say that.”

Rodney Irwin, managing director of Redefining Value at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), has a theory about green business. Or more accurately, a theory about the challenge facing businesses as global economies transition to models which can thrive in a low-carbon world.

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Source: Business Green

Trump, carbon neutrality and the next phase of business sustainability

The Trump administration appears to be moving in one direction on the issue of climate change with the appointment of climate skeptic Scott Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a transition team led by and stacked with fossil fuel interests.

Yet many within corporate America are heading in another direction. Consider Kevin Butt, regional environmental sustainability director for Toyota Motor North America, and his charge to take the company “beyond zero environmental impact” by reducing and eventually eliminating CO₂ emissions from vehicle operation, manufacturing, materials production and energy sources by 2050.

This type of effort is not as crazy as it may seem. Solutions to climate change require new types of aggressive thinking. While global treaties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are important, they are not enough. Eventually society has to go carbon neutral, and then it has to go carbon negative.

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Source: The Conversation