The Aldersgate Group has written an open letter to business secretary Lord Mandelson calling for greenhouse gas (ghg) emission reporting to be made mandatory for all large UK organisations as soon as possible.
Last autumn, Defra published guidance on the way companies should report their ghg emissions, as required by the climate change act 2008, but the act stops short of requiring companies to report. Instead, it requies the government to review the contribution reporting could make to emissions reductions by 1 December 2010, and to either make reporting mandatory or explain to Parliament why it has not done so by 6 April 2012.
More than 50 MPs, including Conservative shadow climate change minister Greg Barker, have signed the Aldersgate Group letter, along with a range of organisations, including Atkins, environmental economics consultancy Eftec, Enviros, Grontmij, property consultants Drivers Jonas, Scottish and Southern, Lend Lease and National Grid.
The letter commends the government for publishing the voluntary guidance, but notes that data analysed by the Carbon Disclosure Project indicates that half of all FTSE350 companies still do not report their ghg emissions.
Mandatory reporting would help organisations identify cost and carbon savings, argues the group, and would allow investors and consumers to make more meaningful comparisons, thus driving further emissions reductions.