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Issue No. 43 : May 2014

Our Perspective

Why Is It Important to Continuously Improve Your Environmental Performance?

Environmental risks have a significant impact on organizations as it affects investment decisions, stakeholder interactions and government regulations.These risks have become more apparent particularly in the last decade as droughts, heat stress and floods affect the world’s industries, populations and ecosystems. Due to this, major corporations worldwide have been raising the bar higher in terms of meeting stakeholder expectations on sustainability. Proper management of an organization’s energy, natural resources and waste has a substantial effect on its environmental performance. This is why sustainability has now become an essential ingredient to ensure an organization’s long-term success. Read More

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Industry Updates

Report Predicts Cities’ Reaction to Climate Change

A report by the engineering and design consultancy Arup projects how cities around the world will change in response to climate change, resource scarcity and increasing urban flooding. Read More

Survey Rates the Best and Worst

Sixty-four business brands have been rated with the highest — and lowest — levels of positive perception among executives responsible for environment, health and safety functions. Read More

China Pledges More Transparency (Again) on Environmental Issues

The Chinese government is to step up efforts in tracking and disclosing information concerning environmental protection, according to a document published in the State Council’s website. Read More

Technology Upgrades Top Priority for Energy Managers, Report Finds

Almost 80% of energy managers will focus on technology upgrades or replacement in the next 12 months to drive energy efficiency throughout their organisations, according to new research. Read More

Energy Efficiency Grows Long in Tooth for Some States

Texas was the first state to set efficiency targets, also called an energy efficiency resource standard (EERS), in 1999. Since then, 26 states in the country have followed suit, setting long term targets designed to spur electricity and natural gas savings, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Read More

Business Must ‘Ramp-up’ Understanding of Built Environment Issues

Businesses need to increase board-level understanding of built environment issues if they are to make smarter investment decisions that deal with issues such as carbon reduction targets, a new report warns. Read More

New UN Climate Mitigation Report Leaves No Room to Hide

After six years of intensive work reviewing all available science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change. Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades. Read More

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