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Business time for carbon reporting?

By Laura Trevelyan | 19 January 2011

If there’s one thing (well, one circus trick) campaigning teaches you, it’s how to juggle.

Even though we kicked off a new campaign this week targeting the World Bank on fossil fuels – and have a tonne of stuff going on with our tax campaign as well – we’re still keeping the momentum on our other climate change campaigns.

In the last week, Christian Aid and another 180 charities and businesses signed a letter calling on the environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, business secretary, Vince Cable, and climate change secretary, Chris Huhne, to make the right decision and make it mandatory for businesses to report their carbon emissions.

We’ve been campaigning on this issue for four years now. It’s quite simple.

This government, like the last, says it is committed to cutting UK emissions, a vital step towards averting the kind of climate chaos that is threatening to derail development around the world.

However, if you’re going to cut emissions, you need an accurate idea of how much those emissions are to begin with.

And to do that, companies have to report their own emissions.

The most encouraging thing about our letter was the number of businesses that signed it – including some big names like BAA and National Grid. We also got some great coverage in the Guardian.

All good signs. And with DEFRA already having released a report (as I blogged in December) showing that a majority of businesses say mandatory reporting would be beneficial for their business, all we need is the political will to make it a reality.

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 About the author

Laura Trevelyan

Laura Trevelyan is our climate justice campaign manager