BASF has again been included in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World). The company has been recognised for its engagement in risk and crisis management, human capital management and plant biotechnology.
Why would a leading South African law firm have any interest in sustainability? To find out, eminent sustainability carbon specialist Dr Marco Lotz interviewed Charnè le Roux, the partner at Adams & Adams responsible for the firm’s sustainability programme.
WEBSITE: Amplified greenhouse effect shifts northern latitudes’ growing seasons, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
WEBSITE: Was the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012, a colossal failure? Or did it provide a pathway towards a more sustainable future? Karien Slabbert investigates.
Andrew Gilder (Contributor)
The 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012 – the first time that the conference was held in the Middle East. There is some irony in the choice of location for the reason that Doha is the world’s largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases.
By Steve Nicholls, National Business Initiative (NBI) programme manager for climate change and water
WEBSITE: The COP18 Doha talks clearly suggested that the window period for taking action on the spiralling effects of climate change is closing in on us.
With COP18/CMP8 on the horison, Qatar is on a mission to keep this year’s conference as environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced as possible after signing the Agreement on the Establishment of the Global Green Growth Institute.
The active engagement of CO2-emitting companies will be critical as the government prepares a White Paper on Carbon Tax.
EU battles with ETS
The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) of the EU – one of the cornerstones of the EU climate policy – is experiencing difficulty as certificates fail to find buyers in times of recession. The European Commission has moved to change the auction time profile as a result.