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Environmental Champions Seminar introductions. Me (Ian Lander) as Bob the Builder with Rebecca, bringing sustainability to an Ideal Home Exhibition. Calling Green Heroes. A Game of 2 Halves. Part One – Understanding the issues Introduction to climate change, including common misconceptions

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  1. Environmental Champions Seminarintroductions Me (Ian Lander) as Bob the Builder with Rebecca, bringing sustainability to an Ideal Home Exhibition

  2. Calling Green Heroes

  3. A Game of 2 Halves • Part One – Understanding the issues • Introduction to climate change, including common misconceptions • Exploring perceptions of climate change and sustainability • Psychology of climate change • Climate change and risk management: how climate change will impact upon businesses • Tackling carbon emissions: how businesses affect the climate and the environment • Carbon Offsetting

  4. Tea Break • 15 minutes which will give you a break from my CO2 emissions • Local, organic, seasonal…?

  5. The Second Half • Taking Action! • Introduction to environmental management systems, environmental auditing • Examining potential action areas: energy, waste, recycling & resource efficiency, transport, water, green procurement • Communicating climate change in the workplace • Conclusion, questions & discussion

  6. And now for something completely different…

  7. Introduction to climate change (including misconceptions)

  8. Time to Act

  9. The Greenhouse Effect • Earth can sustain life because of natural greenhouse effect • Without it Earth would be a lifeless -18ºC instead of average 15ºC which allows the cycle of life • Atmosphere includes greenhouse gases which trap some of the suns heat which would be lost to space • The greenhouse gases act like a duvet. If their concentration is increased it is like using a higher tog duvet • We have increased greenhouse gas concentrations by 40% since the industrial revolution

  10. Greenhouse Gases • Can you name the 8 greenhouse gases • Carbon dioxide • Methane • Nitrous oxide • Water vapour • Ozone • CFCs • HFCFCs & HFCs

  11. Interesting perspective

  12. [Our Globe is Warming] • What is our temperature? • When do we say we have a temperature or a fever? • What is the Earths temperature? • The Globe has warmed by approx 0.8C since 1860 • We are committed to another 0.8C • IPCC predict temperature rise this century between 1.4 – 5.8˚C • 2˚C is considered a threshold to dangerous global warming • Last time globe warmed by 6˚C was 250 million years ago when 95% of life became extinct

  13. The climate has always changed… • What about the Medieval Warm period and The Little Ice Age? • What about sun-spots! • It’s cosmic rays… • Cooling after 1940s and last 3 years • Weather forecasters can’t get it right tomorrow let lone this century • Warming will cause an ice - age

  14. Exploring perceptions of climate change and sustainability(look at the messengers)

  15. The clock is ticking… • Quite like a bit of Costa del Weston • Climate change – bring it on! • People doing the warning don’t walk the talk • If it’s so serious why are we told to turn our TV off? • Mixed messages in the media

  16. We live on a finite planet, but expect infinite growth

  17. environmental shopping list

  18. Since 1950 world production of goods and services has multiplied by 7, fish & meat consumption by 5, oil consumption by 7, CO2 by 4 whilst population has doubled

  19. A PC contains carcinogens such as lead and arsenic, plus precious metals such as gold and copper as well as 6.3kg plastic, 1.7kg lead, 6.8kg silica, 3.4kg aluminium, 5.6kg iron, 0.2kg nickel, 0.6kg zinc, 033kg tin and trace amounts of manganese, mercury, indium, niobium, yttrium, titanium, cobalt, chromium, cadmium, selenium, beryllium, tantalum, vanadium, europium

  20. Our Economy is built on oil • Can you think what is made from oil? • Oil price up by 400% in 4 years. 1998 = $12 • During fuel protests the UK was days away from foodless supermarkets • The amount of oil world consumes in 6 weeks would have lasted a whole year in 1950 • The global, UK & local economy needs to prepare for peak oil…now

  21. Deforestation • Who is the highest emitter of CO2? • How much CO2 is deforestation responsible for? • Rainforests are not only the most biodiverse habitat on the planet, but vital carbon sinks • We need to stop the drivers of deforestation: • Hardwood timber & paper/pulp • Biofuels & Choccy biscuits • Cattle ranching/animal feed • Mining, oil, minerals

  22. Water is a resource as well • 20% of the global population consume 75% of the water • Cup of coffee requires 140 litres of water • Water withdrawals from rivers and lakes has doubled in the last 40 years – we are mining aquifers unsustainably • The UN has said that billions could face water scarcity this century

  23. Ecosystems

  24. don’t shoot the messenger The revelation of the CEO of Interface Inc, the worlds largest carpet manufacturer about the product and the environment

  25. Businesses are linked to and affect the climate and the environment • Natural capital refers to the natural world that humans use • i.e. resources – timber, grain, fish, water, fossil fuels, minerals, sinks that neutralize or recycle our waste and services eg. climate regulation • Basis of all production in human economy without which society could not sustain itself • Loss of natural capital is a cost of economic growth • Everything we put into the air, water, or land would not be there in a natural ecosystem

  26. costing the earth • If we could put a price on our biosphere would we value it more? • MIT quantified the global value of ecosystem services and natural capital. Or what it would cost to provide man-made substitutes for services if we didn’t get them free from nature • The cost was $33 trillion every year

  27. Psychology of climate change climate change and global warming are two very vague and mis-leading phrases

  28. The Denier Industry • It’s a conspiracy, many scientists question climate change • Global Climate Coalition • Media and a balanced story • Same tactics as pro-smoking campaign – lobby media, governments, UN climate meetings

  29. So you’d have us living in the stone age or Medieval Times would you! Or the fifties…(where the index of happiness was higher) • In the 1970s people enjoyed rock pools, spangles, The Sweeny, The Rolling Stones (some things don’t change) • In the 80s there was no such thing as a gap year and (some) people still enjoyed the Stones) • In the 90s not everyone had 2 cars and a TV in every room (and the Stones were getting a bit past it) • World energy demand has increased by 80% since 1970

  30. Why haven’t we taken action? • Not an immediate threat/ distant threat • Don’t believe it • It’s too late • Technology • What about China & India • Don’t care • Nothing I can do • How I run my life is my business • I’m doing my bit • Too expensive

  31. An Apology

  32. How Climate change will impact on Businesses “Our actions over the coming few decades could create risks of major disruption to economic and social activity, later in this century and in the next, on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th Century". The Stern Report

  33. “Investors want to know how exposed a business is to climate change. The physical risks to Tesco are clear, but could be far-reaching. Freak weather in the past few months has disrupted our supply lines in Hungary, Bangladesh and Korea. Any responsible board of directors should be planning ahead, thinking through these risks, and presenting them in a clear, transparent way - Sir Terry Leahy, CEO, Tesco (2007).”

  34. “We have a basic notion that unless we find a solution for environmental problems, we will not achieve sustainable growth in the coming years - Hiroyuki Watanabe, Managing Director, Toyota, 2001.” • “Companies not interested in sustainable development issues will not survive long - Malcolm Brinded, Chairman of Shell UK, 1999.”

  35. Carbon Trust report • More than a quarter (26%) of all UK businesses and 43% of large businesses, have been affected by climate change • Almost the same number (27%) of UK businesses now see climate change as a business opportunity, with that number rising to 60% for FTSEs

  36. Our varied economy is vulnerable to climate change impacts • Can you think of how your business has been affected by climate change or could be affected in the future? • What about peak oil and resource deletion?

  37. Increasing temperatures will affect the comfort of your employees and customers and may impact product storage • A changing climate may affect demand for your product or service • Businesses who are currently affected by weather events will be increasingly affected by our changing climate eg. agriculture, construction, transportation and outdoor events • Equally businesses whose trade is directly related to the weather; for example the retail trade will see a connection, as weather affects customer behaviour • Businesses that have global markets will probably be affected by climate change in those countries • As will those whose operations overseas are affected by resource variabilities, eg. copper or oil

  38. too close to home The Pitt Review into the devasting floods that affected Cheltenham in 2007 warned: ‘Events of last summer also demonstated the vulnerability of infrastructure and the dependency of our society on the essential services they provide. The loss of Mythe left 350,000 people without drinking water, while the potential loss of power in Sheffield would have seen 750,000 people without electricity.’

  39. climate change could cripple the insurance Industry The cost of June and July’s floods (which predominately affected Gloucestershire) to the insurance industry was £3.3 billion (nearly twice the average annual weather related claims). 8,500 businesses were affected by the floods and economists estimate that a further £3.2 billion was lost in terms of productivity in missed working days and tourism

  40. adaptation to climate change is about planning • Adaptation model - Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT) - simple checklist to review how prepared your organisation is to climate change impacts. • Tool developed by the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), which is funded by Defra.

  41. not necessarily what it says on the tin

  42. 64-70 degrees fahrenheitcoffee berry borer beetle

  43. a well earned break The carbon footprint of a cup of tea or coffee:21g CO2e: black tea or coffee, boiling only the water you need 53g CO2e: white tea or coffee, boiling only the water you need 71g CO2e: white tea or coffee, boiling double the water you need 235g CO2e: a large cappuccino 340g CO2e: a large latte

  44. Adverts (when people often put the kettle on (during Corrie or the footie) leading to strain on power stations…)

  45. and as in America advert breaks are getting longer and longer

  46. A short film about emissions

  47. It’s becoming a crowded marketplace

  48. 4.7 million SMES in UK • SMEs account for 50% of total UK business energy • FSB survey: 83% were minimizing waste & recycling; 39% using energy efficiency measures; 41% green procurement; 30% changing core products and services to be more environmentally friendly

  49. Why go green? • Create competitive advantage and product differentiation – be better placed in the market when legislation forces change • Reduce costs and increase profits • Increase chance of tendering or receiving contracts • Increasingly shareholders, pension funds and customers are making decisions based on your environmental credentials • Increase morale, staff retention and recruitment

  50. A low carbon economy • Annual World market of environmental goods is estimated at $1.37 trillion = 2.7 times aerospace & pharmaceuticals industries • Set to double by 2020 • UN report - 20 million new jobs by 2030