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Cutting consumption and costs: how should government reduce energy overheads and fight climate change?

Posted by Rob Hatcher | 10 October 2016 | Viewpoint

Better management of energy consumption can deliver improved efficiency and considerable cost savings for the public sector, at the same time reducing carbon emissions and taking action on climate change, but this opportunity is often overlooked. Rob Hatcher provides some tips on how to implement best practice energy management in public sector bodies.

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What should businesses be doing in addition to setting science-based targets?

Posted by Ben Peel | 25 August 2016 | Viewpoint

After having discussed many of the positive attributes of science-based targets in previous parts of this series, it is worth reflecting briefly on their limitations.

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How do you make the internal business case for setting a science-based target?

Posted by Alexander Farsan | 18 August 2016 | Viewpoint

Convincing boards to adopt stretching environmental targets often requires the presentation of a business case and phased investment plan. Traditionally companies set their ambitions for levels of carbon reductions based on the level of change that is financially attractive – the most compelling investment plan – rather than an understanding of what reductions are necessary. Science-based targets require businesses to rethink this approach.

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Can business energy efficiency lighten the load on South Africa’s power grid?

Posted by Benjamin Curnier | 11 August 2016 | Viewpoint

Benjamin Curnier, Associate Director, South Africa, looks at the potential impact of business energy efficiency interventions on improving the wider economy in South Africa.

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Why should a company set a science-based target?

Posted by Hugh Jones | 10 August 2016 | Viewpoint

Experience tells us that there isn’t always an obvious business case for doing the right thing or for moving too far ahead of your market. Taking a leadership position on sustainability issues can seem risky, particularly when your actions could add to your direct costs or put you at a short term competitive disadvantage.

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What exactly is a science-based target?

Posted by Guy Rickard | 3 August 2016 | Viewpoint

To put it simply, a carbon emissions target is defined as science-based if it is in line with the scale of reductions required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

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