Archive for November 2010
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment report says forced reporting will benefit businesses and UK economy
Forcing all companies to report on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions would result in significant cuts to the UK’s carbon emissions while delivering significant cost savings for British firms, according to a report published today.
New research by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) says that the number of companies reporting on GHG emissions has grown steadily over the past ten years, with a 20 per cent rise in 2009-10 alone.
The report found that those organisations that have been monitoring emissions have made average cuts to their carbon footprint of nine per cent over the last two years with large construction and manufacturing firms delivering the largest improvements.
It also argued that carbon reporting had helped firms reduce their energy bills, improve relations with suppliers and customers, and justify investments in low carbon technologies and initiatives.
However, the report found most UK companies are still not tracking GHG emissions, prompting IEMA to argue that mandatory reporting represents the only way to force small and medium-sized enterprises to measure their carbon footprint.
Compulsory reporting should be rapidly introduced for large emittors, the report said, but other companies would benefit from a process where the speed at which they would be brought into the scheme would depend upon their GHG emission footprints.
Recent Respondents to the survey told IEMA that without legislation, GHG reporting would be lost amid competing priorities, such as other legislative requirements and boardroom demand for immediate financial returns.
Section 85 of the Climate Change Act 2008 requires the government to introduce mandatory reporting requirements through the existing Companies Act. This legislation has to be in place by 6th April 2012, or the government has to explain to parliament why it hasn’t done so. Thie IMEA report is the second call on government this year to introduce mandatory reporting of GHG Emissions, it is no longer a question of if but rather when government will announce mandatory reporting.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) Explained
Are you a Scotland or UK based business and are you involved in the supply, manufacturing or import of any of the following?
1. Large household appliances – excludes ODS fridges/freezers
2. Small Household appliances (e.g. toaster, kettle, vacuum cleaner)
3. IT and Telecommunications equipment
4. Consumer equipment (e.g. videos, radio, hi-fi) – excludes CRTs
5. Lighting equipment – excluding flourescent tubes
6. Electrical and electronic tools (e.g. drills, saws, sewing machines)
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment (e.g. electric trains, video games)
8. Medical Devices – excludes contaminated items
9. Monitoring and control instruments (e.g. smoke detector, thermostats)
10. Automatic dispensers (e.g. vending machines)
11. Cooling equipment including category 10 devices with cooling
12. Display equipment (CRTs) including plasma and LCD
13. Gas discharge lamps (e.g. flourescent tubes)
If your answer is Yes, then you need to read this!
The WEEE Directive is based on article 175 of the European Commission (EC) Treaty which established the European Union. This directive makes producers responsible for financing the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. It also requires distributors to allow consumers (this includes sole traders and partnerships which could be argued that they are infact consumers) to return their waste equipment free of charge. This provision is based on the precept that the polluter should pay and applies irrespective of the selling technique, including distance selling e.g. online and not the end user.
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