In 2012 Causeway announced that it would be supporting carbon offset projects in India and Turkey to offset its carbon emissions for 2011 and maintain its carbon neutral status.
We are delighted to report that both projects, selected with the assistance of Carbon Clear, are proving very successful. With Causeway’s support they are making a major contribution to reducing environmental impact in their regions while also creating local employment.
The Wind Electricity Generation Project in Rajasthan comprises five wind turbines with a total installed power generation of 3.5MWe, which is fed back into the regional electricity grid. The project is achieving emissions reductions of 6,300 tCO2e/year while helping Rajasthan address its power deficit and supporting social and economic development in the area.
The Cakit Run-of-River Hydro Project in Adana Province, Turkey is only the second hydropower project in the world to receive SOCIALCARBON accreditation. It is expected to generate 91GWh of electricity per annum, using the water head on the Cakit river to run its two turbines. A key feature of this project is its ability to generate hydro-power without needing to build a dam, thus reducing environmental impact.
Causeway is committed to maintaining its carbon neutral status through its carbon reduction programme and by offsetting remaining emissions. An announcement is expected soon about selected projects for offsetting 2012 emissions.
Businesses and central government organisations are to come under increasing pressure to understand their energy consumption and improve it, following the EU’s approval of a new Energy Efficiency Directive (ratified on 11th September 2012).
As part of a raft of measures designed to improve energy efficiency, the Directive will require all businesses except SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) to carry out energy audits every four years. They will then be expected to take action to improve their energy performance based on the opportunities identified by the audit. Continue reading
The results of a research project at the University of Leeds indicate that many of the organisations making bold claims about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) achievements are using incorrect and irrelevant data.
The research, carried out by the University’s Sustainability Research Institute, analysed over 4,000 CSR reports and found unsubstantiated claims, gaps in data and inaccurate figures. This was particularly noticeable in sustainability reporting – one company stated that its carbon emissions were equivalent to four times the total carbon emissions of the planet! Continue reading
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A survey carried out by the Carbon Trust shows that there will be considerably more pressure on suppliers to multi-national companies to maintain accurate records of their carbon performance. Those that don’t may find themselves losing out on bigger contracts.
The survey showed that 58% of multi-national companies will be prepared to pay a premium to low carbon suppliers, because of the positive impact it has on their own carbon footprint. It also indicated that 29% of suppliers could lose coveted positions in ‘green supply chains’ if they fail to maintain adequate records on carbon performance. Continue reading
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In his address to the Conservative party conference, Chancellor George Osborne expressed a desire to protect businesses from financial pressures, such as the rising price of energy. He also commented that the UK should not be expected to reduce its carbon emissions any faster, or slower, than the rest of Europe.
This means high energy users will still have to participate in the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC EES) and be taxed on their carbon emissions, as well as finding the funds to pay for more expensive energy. Consequently, it now makes even more commercial sense to take control of energy consumption. Continue reading
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