Shrewsbury Business Chamber Presentation 15th October 2008

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Shrewsbury Business Chamber Presentation 15th October 2008

  1. 1. Reputation, saving energy, saving money…. (or because they’ll make us!) Climate Change & Energy: From ‘Why Should We?’ to ‘How Can We?’ Richard Davies Director
  2. 2. Good Evening!
  3. 3. Climate Change + Energy Security + Finite Fossil Fuel = The Same Actions (3Ds)
  4. 4. Q6 Getting the measure of you?
  5. 5. Question 1 True or False: Planet earth’s climate is changing?
  6. 6. Question 2: True or false Most of the increase in global temperatures since the mid-20th century is due to humankind burning fossil fuels?
  7. 7. Question 3: True or false [Don’t know = FALSE] Most [or all] of the lights at my business are energy efficient?
  8. 8. Question 4: True or false [Don’t know = FALSE] The electricity supplied to my business is from a green tariff
  9. 9. Question 5: True or false I know what my business carbon footprint is?
  10. 10. Question 6: True or false I answered TRUE to questions 3, 4 & 5 (& I’m feeling smug)!!
  11. 11. quot;Regardless of which route we choose, the world's current predicament limits our maneuvering room. We are experiencing a step-change in the growth rate of energy demand due to population growth and economic development, and Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand.quot; Jeroen van der Veer, CEO Shell 28th January 2008
  12. 12. West Midlands population: 5.3 million CO2 : 50 million tonnes
  13. 13. West Midlands population: 5.3 million CO2 : 50 million tonnes Nigeria population: 140 million CO2 : 52 million tonnes Sources: WDM, IEA
  14. 14. How?
  15. 15. on climate change Climate change is a priority issue that has steadily risen up the international agenda and it is entirely appropriate that steps are being taken to address it. We accept that the business community has a role to play in stabilising and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and we believe that businesses should work in partnership with a range of sectors, including the Government, the devolved administrations, the public sector and the general public, to achieve the reductions set out in the Kyoto Protocol. There is no doubt that economic and environmental concerns do have the scope to be complementary. For example, steps to improve energy efficiency can both lead to reduced carbon emissions and reduced costs for industry. It is of concern that some attempts to control polluting behaviour are harming the competitiveness of UK firms. The UK needs to achieve its emissions targets with little or no impact on the commercial viability of business. The resulting cost burden will be counter-productive if it results in the transfer of products, and jobs, to countries where climate change measures are less stringent. This would not help the environmental objectives that the scheme is aiming to achieve. It is important to recognise that we are seeing an overall net increase in energy use in the UK, much of which comes from the domestic and transport sectors and not primarily from the industrial and commercial users. In fact many industrial users have already become much more energy efficient. Domestic consumers must share their part of the responsibility for improving energy efficiency.
  16. 16. Us?
  17. 17. Case Studies
  18. 18. You?
  19. 19. Tel: 0800 085 2005 http://www.carbontrust.co.uk
  20. 20. http://www.businesslink.gov.uk
  21. 21. http://actonco2.direct.gov.uk
  22. 22. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bloom/
  23. 23. http://www.wearewhatwedo.org/
  24. 24. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/index.htm
  25. 25. “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans; aim high in hope and work.” Daniel Hudson Burnham 1846-1912 “Search all the parks in all your cities; you'll find no statues of committees.” David Ogilvy 1911-1999
  26. 26. Don’t just stand there, do something!
  27. 27. thank you

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