CDP Climate Change Project Ireland 2013

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Climate change is an issue that is affecting organisations worldwide and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international organisation dedicated to improving the reporting of carbon and other greenhouse gases.  As part of its remit, it encourages organisations to report on carbon and other climate change factors with this information being used by investors to make informed decisions about the environmental sustainability of organisations.  2013 is an important year for Climate Change as it sees the beginning of the next phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for carbon. While there has been criticism of how the prior two phases have operated this new phase has not been without its initial teething issues. However, the thrust of the EU’s climate  change policy continues to be a deep reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The new phase of the EU ETS has seen an expansion of the sectors covered by the scheme. However this has not been without its teething problems most notably in the aviation sector.

The 2013 Climate Change Report for Ireland has just been launched.  DIT College of Business was the main scoring partner for the report and independently scored and verified the responses of the majority of Irish responders to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire. The team was led by Dr. Joseph Coughlan and included Professor Aidan O’Driscoll and PhD candidate Ms. Lisa Koep.  DIT was responsible for scoring of the company responses and the main content of the report.

A copy of the report can be downloaded from the CDP website at https://www.cdp.net/CDPResults/CDP-Ireland-Climate-Change-Report-2013.pdf

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