About this book
The Business of Climate Change presents a state-of-the-art analysis of corporate responses to the climate change issue. The book describes and assesses a number of recent business approaches that will help to identify effective strategies and promote the dissemination of proactive corporate practices on climate change worldwide. By identifying the factors that cause companies to pursue low-carbon strategies and support the Kyoto process, the book will also be helpful to governments in formulating policy.
The Business of Climate Change is split into four sections: `Introduction and overview' presents a broad perspective on business and climate policies. `Policy instruments' outlines early experiences with different types of policy instruments to curb greenhouse gas emissions, ranging from emission trading to voluntary agreements. `Sector analysis' assesses developments within sectors of industry that are likely to play an important role in future climate policies: oil, cement, chemical, automotive and insurance. Finally, `Case studies' discusses bottom-up initiatives to combat climate change in five different organisations.
This book will be essential reading for policy-makers searching for instruments that have proven business support; academics and researchers analysing the complexity of how business is responding to the challenge of climate change; and businesses wishing to learn about best practice in the sectors most likely to be seriously affected.
Foreword Irving Mintzer and Amber Leonard Introduction Frans van der Woerd, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands Katie Begg, University of Surrey, UK David Levy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA Part 1: Introduction and overview 1. Down to business on climate change: an overview of corporate strategies Seth Dunn, Worldwatch Institute, USA 2. Organising business: industry NGOs in the climate debates Simone Pulver, University of California, Berkeley, USA 3. Best corporate responses to climate change: opportunities for converging climate and biodiversity protecting solutions Michael Totten and Sonal I. Pandya, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, USA 4. 2003: the end of the beginning? Atle Chr. Christiansen, Anders Skogen, Kristian Tangen and Jorund Buen Part 2: Policy instruments 5. Early experiences with emissions trading in the UK Frauke Roeser, WSP Environmental, UK Tim Jackson, University of Surrey, UK 6. Building a greenhouse gas management programme: a framework based on real-world corporate responses The Partnership for Climate Action with Environmental Defense 7. Governmental and industrial responses to climate change: the case of Germany Axel Michaelowa, Sonja Butzengeiger and Sven Bode, Hamburg Institute of International Economics, Germany 8. Environmental management systems and their influence on corporate responses to climate change Rory Sullivan, Queen Mary, University of London, UK John M. Sullivan, Alessa Engineering, Australia Part 3: Sector analysis 9. Three big Cs: climate, cement and China Joakim Nordqvist, Lund University, Sweden Christopher Boyd, Lafarge, France Howard Klee, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Switzerland 10. Climate change and the insurance sector: its role in adaptation and mitigation Andrew Dlugolecki, University of East Anglia, UK Mojdeh Keykhah, University of Oxford, UK 11. An institutional comparison of two sectoral responses to the political economy of climate change Jesse Uzzell, DNV, Norway 12. The chemical industry's response to climate change Frans van der Woerd, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands 13. Multinational responses to climate change in the automotive and oil industries David Levy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA Ans Kolk, Amsterdam Graduate Business School, The Netherlands Part 4: Case studies 14. Becoming a first mover in green electricity supply: corporate change driven by liberalisation and climate change Peter S. Hofman, Center for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy, The Netherlands 15. Corporate responses to climate change: the case of Fortum Hanne Siikavirta, Pekka Jarvinen, Arto Heikkinen and Heikki Niininen 16. The Emissions/Biodiversity Exchange: a corporate sustainable development programme in New Zealand Bob Frame, Richard Gordon and Ian Turney, Landcare Research, New Zealand 17. Rent sharing in the Clean Development Mechanism: the case of the Tahumanu Hydroelectric Project in Bolivia Christophe de Gouvello, Centre International de Recherche en Environnement et Developpement, France Pierre Mollon, EDF-E7, France Sandrine Mathy, Centre International de Recherche en Environnement et Developpement, France 18. An early corporate response to climate change: a review of a US Electric Company-sponsored joint implementation pilot project Naoko Kubo, Global Reporting Initiative, The Netherlands