Howard NielsenCarbon proofing your business    Taking Care of Business:                                Sustainable Transfo...
Business questions on carbon and costs    • How will carbon pricing and regulatory policy affect our      costs?    • What...
Business questions on carbon and revenue    • How will carbon pricing affect our customers and their      perceptions and ...
The answer?• Run an eco-efficient business• Procure sustainably• Be organised and plan for sustainability                H...
Eco-efficiency?          Do a workplace scan – find out what to do – pick the easy bits first.          Example checklist ...
Sustainable procurement?  NACC Checklist for making sustainable decisions about the procurement of goods and services  (Ex...
The three keys                              The rest of                               the world                    Systems...
People                                     Attitudes                        Knowledge          People                  Ski...
Systems                                        Procuring                          Operating          Systems              ...
The rest of the world                                Perceptions              The rest                            Reality ...
The three keys© NACC 2012
Status              Certainty                 Autonomy                    Relatedness                          Fairness© N...
GRI - Global Reporting Initiative         Internationally recognised indicators for         sustainability         •Produc...
• Social network style website• Trend indicator for the  sustainability of organisations.• Provides green tips• Enables a ...
Samford Green Streets processGreen Street Café thefocus for businessesand the community toconnect People talk themselves i...
SPART Sustainability Perception and Reporting Tool    • Use own indicators - GRI as a basis    • Check in with all stakeho...
SPART - Stakeholder perception on one item            Comparing the perceptions of all stakeholders regarding            o...
SPART - Comparing combined perceptions           Comparing the perceptions of all stakeholders regarding           all que...
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  1. 1. Howard NielsenCarbon proofing your business Taking Care of Business: Sustainable Transformation
  2. 2. Business questions on carbon and costs • How will carbon pricing and regulatory policy affect our costs? • What will be the raw materials cost impacts? • How will our suppliers’ costs increase? • What carbon price related costs will we pass on to customers? • How much will we have to pay for energy and water? • How will our risk profile affect our insurance? • Will our funders/customers be happy with our carbon exposure?Adapted from Cole (EPA -December 2007) from Lasch & Wellington (HBR – March 2007)
  3. 3. Business questions on carbon and revenue • How will carbon pricing affect our customers and their perceptions and demand patterns? • How will we work with customers and suppliers to minimise the impact on our value chain? • Can our business differentiate itself in the market by adopting sustainable practices? • How can we generate revenue from our low-carbon status?Adapted from Cole (EPA December 2007) from Lasch & Wellington (HBR March 2007)
  4. 4. The answer?• Run an eco-efficient business• Procure sustainably• Be organised and plan for sustainability HOW DO WE DO THIS?© NACC 2012
  5. 5. Eco-efficiency? Do a workplace scan – find out what to do – pick the easy bits first. Example checklist - 9 questions out of 106 for energy and 300 for all eco-efficiency Energy site survey checklist - Sustainable Business Cluster Project: NACC For each item, tick the relevant column (yes/no/not applicable) then decide if you may consider doing something about it. If so, tick the “Will do” column and note any action that needs to be taken in the workplace. (Edited from the ecoBiz Toolbox checklist by NACC) Question yes no NA Will What do action Lighting 1.Are lights always switched off when not in use? 2.Is natural lighting used whenever possible during the day? 3.Do trees or other obstructions prevent light from entering buildings during the day? 4.Are there separate lighting controls for sections of large areas? (e.g. using half a room) 5.Are dimmer controls used where appropriate? 6.Are low energy lights used in all cases? 7.Is there too much lighting used for any area? 8.Are light fittings free of dust? 9.Are skylights clean?© NACC 2012
  6. 6. Sustainable procurement? NACC Checklist for making sustainable decisions about the procurement of goods and services (Examples extracted from NACC’s full policy and checklist) Stages and Key Questions Not Rate Rate Rate Rate Rate applic 1 2 3 4 5 Stage 1: Establishing the need Q1: Do we really need this product? na yes probably unsure unlikely no Q2: Can we use the existing product more efficiently to na yes probably unsure unlikely no avoid replacement right now? Stage 2: Collecting information on the product Q5: Can we access information about product options? na yes probably unsure unlikely no Q6: Is the information reliable, using third party opinion? na yes probably unsure unlikely no Stage 3: Rating the product Q9: Is the product made from sustainable resources? na yes fair bit some not much no Q14:Is the product reusable or recyclable at end of life? na yes fair bit some not much no Q15:Where is the product made? na local regional state int’state o’seas Q16:Is packaging used to transport / store the product? na none not much some fair bit a lot Q17: Is the product produced in fair trade conditions? na yes unsure no© NACC 2012
  7. 7. The three keys The rest of the world Systems People© NACC 2012
  8. 8. People Attitudes Knowledge People Skills connecting and collaborating for capability© NACC 2012
  9. 9. Systems Procuring Operating Systems Strategising connecting and collaborating for capability© NACC 2012
  10. 10. The rest of the world Perceptions The rest Reality of the world Marketing Respond to ‘requirements’, do good and be known to do good© NACC 2012
  11. 11. The three keys© NACC 2012
  12. 12. Status Certainty Autonomy Relatedness Fairness© NACC 2012
  13. 13. GRI - Global Reporting Initiative Internationally recognised indicators for sustainability •Product responsibility •Economic •Environmental •Human rights •Labor practices and decent work •Society© NACC 2012
  14. 14. • Social network style website• Trend indicator for the sustainability of organisations.• Provides green tips• Enables a Green Street Score to be calculated and tracked• Connects Sustainable Business Precincts www.greenstreet.net.au
  15. 15. Samford Green Streets processGreen Street Café thefocus for businessesand the community toconnect People talk themselves into Business Cluster doing things makes itself known as a Green St Precinct Sustainable local economy more likely to be built
  16. 16. SPART Sustainability Perception and Reporting Tool • Use own indicators - GRI as a basis • Check in with all stakeholders • Survey current performance and future aspirations • View graphs • Have the conversations and set priorities© NACC 2012
  17. 17. SPART - Stakeholder perception on one item Comparing the perceptions of all stakeholders regarding one question© NACC 2012
  18. 18. SPART - Comparing combined perceptions Comparing the perceptions of all stakeholders regarding all questions© NACC 2012

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