Each year, Investa Office Management releases its corporate sustainability report. In 2016, it announced that electricity use was down by 43% since 2004, gas use had fallen 38% over the same time, and water use had also being curtailed. This sounds impressive but how meaningful are those proclamations? And what difference do they make in the wider context? Now an international movement is urging businesses to take an evidence-based approach to their green strategies, by setting emissions reduction goals in line with climate science. The goal is to encourage the business sector to close the emissions gap left by shortfalls in country-level commitments to the Paris climate agreement. The push is being led by the Science Based Targets initiative – a partnership between CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), UN Global Compact, theWorld Resources Institute and WWF – as well as the We Mean Business coalition. Some of the companies signed up include global behemoths Mars, Kellogg’s, Renault, L’Oréal, AstraZeneca, Sony and Ikea.
Guardian 10th March 2017 read more »