Stephen Stokes, Vice President of Sustainability and Green Technologies at AMR Research provides his findings on the focus areas and business risks associated with sustainability initiatives. Courtesy of AMR Research.
These notes apply to this slide and the two following ones. Key focus areas for environmental and sustainability activities are still focused on direct costs impacts for today (energy, solid waste, liquid waste) ahead of GHG and other gas emission reductions. The rel. low level of GHG in terms of activities is somewhat surprising. Mature companies have a much greater focus on GHG emissions (c. 2 x) alternative energy sources (2x) CSR resporting (c. 3x) and carbon trading initiatives (c. 2x). By vertical solid waste is a key factor in industrial manufacturing, chemical and life science. Reduction of liquid waste is a key factor for the chemical industry. The retail vertical exhibits a differential focus on alternative energy and carbon footprinting. The energy intensive oil and gas, and energy sectors are significantly focused on carbon trading initiatives – as the attendant risk profile is considerable.
Focus Areas and Business Risks for Sustainability
Focus Areas for Sustainability & Environmental Activities % Total Respondents n=313 Immediate process and operation Future looking strategic and compliance reporting
Highest Business Risk in Low Carbon Economy % Total Respondent n=313