Webcast Now Available for CSTPR Noontime Seminar on Governance of Climate Change in the U.K.

Webcast Now Available for CSTPR’s Noontime Seminar on Governance of Climate Change in the U.K.

Reporting, Regulation, and the Governance of Climate Change in the U.K.
by Samuel Tang, Department of Geography, King’s College London

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Abstract: The number of UK business organisations that are voluntarily disclosing their greenhouse gas emissions to reporting indexes managed by not-for-profit organisations (e.g. CDP) has increased in recent years. Notably, this type of reporting practice is being integrated alongside existing mandatory commitments (e.g., CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, EU Emissions Trading Scheme) set out by the European Union, the UK Government, and various Regulatory Agencies. Additionally a number of large critical national infrastructure organisations (largely from the utilities and transport sectors) were also required to prepare climate change adaptation plans and strategies of resilience under the 2008 Climate Change Act. This presentation looks at these reporting requirements and discusses what they actually mean for business performance and management of climate change. Through document analysis and interviews with stakeholders responsible for delivering or responding to reporting requirements, the key debates are synthesized: why stakeholders respond; how they respond; and what they do post-reporting.

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