Tesla, IKEA, and Coca Cola named highest climate policy implementers
The A-List of Climate Policy Engagement report, published on 3 April, names the top 20 businesses leading the way with climate policy.
Tesla, Apple, IKEA, Unilever, and Nestle are among the firms featured in the report, which is based on sectoral leadership, policies, and strategic activity.
The report based its rankings on InfluenceMap analysis, which covered more than 30,000 data points and disclosures.
The companies were ranked with a total score, with Apple scoring the highest at 94, followed by IKEA at 91.
Tesla was given a score of 89, whilst Unilever received 86, Google and Nestle both received 74.
The table also scores on engagement intensity and features a comment on each company.
Unilever was commended on its CEO’s work with creating a strong message about climate action, whilst Nestle was praised for its corporate strategy.
“This A-List mapping is a critically important step towards evolving a continuous X-ray of business efforts to influence public policy on climate and related agendas,” John Elkington, Chairman and Corporate Sustainability Pioneer at Volan.
The list will be updated on a bi-annual basis, with the addition of 10 companies added.
Find the report here.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.