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Countdown to Copenhagen: Government, business and the battle against climate change is an Economist Intelligence Unit report that investigates the current regulatory outlook within key regions of the world and the prospects for change within the marketplace. Lead sponsors of the research include The Carbon Trust, KPMG, SAP and Shell.
This report builds on our 2008 report on sustainability, Doing good: Business and the sustainability challenge, which highlighted that environmental issues, such as improved energy efficiency, were at the forefront of the corporate sustainability agenda. In this, our 2009 sustainability report, we therefore focus in particular on the issue of climate change, reviewing the progress being made both within the regulatory and policy environment, as well as within business.
The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for the content of this report. Our editorial team provided the political analysis, executed the survey, conducted the interviews and wrote the report. The findings and views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.
Our research drew on three main initiatives:
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s country analysis team provided overviews of the regulatory environment in the US, EU, Japan, China and India.
We conducted a wide-ranging global survey of senior executives from around the world during November and December 2008. In total, 538 executives took part, of which more than one-half (53%) were from the C-suite and 24% were CEOs. The executives polled represented a cross-section of industries and a range of company sizes.
To supplement the survey results, we also conducted in-depth interviews with 18 executives, including CEOs and heads of sustainability and/or climate change, as well as national and local government stakeholders.
Jacob Hamstra, Ben Jones, David Line and Simon Tilford provided the political analysis for part I of this report. Dr Paul Kielstra was the author of part II. Gareth Lofthouse and James Watson were the editors.