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Regardless of your personal beliefs or the science you (do) (do not) believe, carbon neutrality is in your energy future. There are many high-profile companies and CEOs involved in the "CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge" including our own advertising partner, SAP. The Carbon Neutral Challenge has a list of six guiding principles which I have taken from the site, "CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge" and reproduced here:
The CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge Guiding Principles
To participate in the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge companies need to adhere
to the following six guiding principles:
- Acknowledge that companies must account for their entire Greenhouse
Gas (GHG) emissions associated with their business activities and
recognize that additional measures, over and above direct reduction
targets, are required immediately given the urgent need for climate
- Have an internationally recognized objective measurement of their GHG
emissions that encompasses the supply chain, or, if not already in place,
commit to adopting one within 12 months from accepting the CEO
Carbon Neutral Challenge.
- Have a publicly declared timeline and plan of action for the avoidance
and reduction of GHG emissions in place, such as a science-based
target, or commit to having one, which includes the supply chain and/or
other operational activities according to the nature of their business.
- Implement verified and certified nature-based solutions, such as
REDD+, that will mitigate and offset the near-term unavoidable GHG
emissions associated with a company's entire business activities and/or
as a compliment to any other offsetting strategy a company may already
have in place to cover additional offsets that are necessary to adhere to
the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge. Purchase offsets within 12 months
of joining the Challenge and offset on an annual basis following efforts
to first reduce and avoid emissions. Ensure that they deliver measurable
and direct benefits to biodiversity as well as provide fair and equitable
benefits to local communities.
- Commit to providing annual reporting on the impact and outcomes of
offsetting projects, their progress towards the reduction of their GHG
emissions and third party verification of the investment made to the
offset projects to ensure efficacy.
- Commit to collaborate with stakeholders to raise awareness for solutions
that can amplify efforts to conserve and restore nature, while mitigating
climate change, and outreach to other CEOs to join the CEO Carbon
Neutral Challenge in order to continue positive momentum.
From this, and from the many companies already on board, it is clear your company will need to adopt these principles, if you haven't already, in order to be a major player in the future. In fact, your sales may depend on it.
Be safe and we will talk next week.
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