Climate Change

Supermarkets and Climate change - Drivers for Change
The implications of climate change are a key factor to our planet survival and therefore a major driver for change within our industry. Globally, governments and businesses have acknowledged there is a business case for change and that this issue must be addressed. Welford & Gouldson have identified key pressures drivers that influence change as:
Cost Savings - Low carbon technologies, Competitive advantage
Government Influences - legislation, Taxes
Stakeholder influences - customers, suppliers, employees, investors, communities, pressure groups, media
Climate change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fourth assessment report leaves no doubt that human activity is the main cause of greenhouse gases and climate change. These are impacting earth’s ecological infrastructures such as, collapsing fisheries falling water tables, shrinking forests etc. Ever more frequently we see news reports of earthquake tsunamis, drought, flooding and other phenomena such as hurricanes and forest fires, all of which is attributed to an extent to climate change. If we fail to mitigate climate change before the tipping point is reached, the long term effects and consequences could be catastrophic. Legislation and green taxes have been introduced to drive a step change towards low carbon economy. These include Carbon Reduction Commitments that places a cap on emissions for large, non-energy intensive organisations. EU Emissions Trading Schemes, Building regulations and the Climate Change Levy.
Climate change occurs when the earth’s surface temperature changes over time and affects rainfall and wind patterns. The Earth’s surface has warmed by about 0.754°C on average since around 1900 and by around 0.4°C since the 1970s. The degree of change in global climate can be seen particularly over the last 50 years. Today climate change is often referred as global warming or anthropogenic global warming (AGW). Global warming...