Archive for Corporate Social Responsibility

Rules that need be neither bent nor broken

Photo (c) Darren Hester

The UK Government’s Low Carbon Transition Plan, published in July this year, makes the case for the creation of 10,000 hectares of new woodland a year for the next fifteen years. And that’s just for England: Scotland already has a similar target. If achieved, the English contribution alone could draw an estimated 50 million tonnes out of the atmosphere by 2050.

Only it’s not really a target. It’s an aspiration, an altogether different thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Greenwash, Ecobuild, Disclosure

Letting the train take the strainBit of a mixed bag this, and perhaps the title of this post is a little too sweeping, but then we’re feeling a little incensed by a recent article in the Independent. In a spectacularly poorly researched piece of dross, Simon Usborne and Helen Brown attempt to “face the facts many ecologists would rather ignore”.

There’s a grain of truth in some of them, such as the notion that food miles aren’t a bombproof proxy for the carbon footprint of a product. Indeed, we’ve touched on the same subject. Similarly, it’s true to say that an ancient woodland isn’t sequestering carbon at the same rate as a fast growing, young plantation of, say, eucalyptus trees. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m afraid I can’t let you do that…

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Naughty computer!

You can’t make an omlette without breaking eggs, as the saying goes. And that’s exactly why the idea of the carbon footprint of the Met Office’s new supercomputer being an “embarrassment” is nonsense.

According to an article in today’s TimesOnline (we don’t read the emissions intensive paper version) the new number cruncher will spit out not just weather forecasts, but 14000 tonnes of CO2 a year. By any standard that’s a lot. Read the rest of this entry »