Utility green managers want mandatory greenhouse gas emission reporting

The majority of environmental and sustainability professionals employed by utility companies strongly support moves to require mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

That's a key finding from the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment which carried out a survey of some 1,674 of its members including hundreds working in energy and water companies.

Martin Baxter, executive director of policy at IEMA, warned: "The majority of companies in the UK are not taking action to lower their carbon footprint and reduce their GHG emissions. These companies are missing an opportunity to cut their GHG emissions and reduce their costs. Over 80% of those we surveyed say that mandatory reporting of GHG emissions should be introduced for companies".

The survey noted that GHG reporting could deliver significant benefits with those reporting reductions indicating an average of 9 per cent savings over the last two years. GHG reporting provides a critical mechanism for encouraging companies to cut their emissions and help the UK meet its climate change targets, the association pointed out.

Author: Paul Newton,

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