(NSF International: Ann Arbor, MI) -- NSF International, a public health and safety organization, and Trucost Plc, a global provider of environmental data and analysis, have announced the availability of a new report entitled, "Carbon Emissions—Measuring the Risks." This free report examines the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 companies in several different sectors, including industrial goods and services.
Many U.S. companies may soon have to pay for GHG emissions under the planned cap-and-trade program, an approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives to companies achieving reductions in pollutant emissions. This report looks at the GHGs emitted by S&P 500 companies in several sectors that NSF works with: chemicals, food and beverage, health care, industrial goods and services, personal and household goods, automobiles and parts and retail.
“Climate change represents serious challenges to the environment, as well as risks and opportunities to U.S. corporations," says Malcolm Fox, vice president of corporate services at Trucost, an NSF International partner. "The first step in mitigating those risks is to calculate carbon emissions and their potential costs from direct operations and supply chains. Industry by industry, this report presents those impacts and identifies critical strategies to prepare for upcoming legislation and turns risks into a competitive advantage. For example, the average industrial service firm needs to prepare for the fact that over 70 percent of their carbon emissions are embedded in their supply chain, representing a significant financial risk.”
The report also highlights other significant environmental challenges facing these industries, by addressing the following:
“Carbon-intensive companies will be most exposed to carbon costs under the cap-and-trade program to be introduced in 2012 under the draft American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Waxman-Markey Bill),” says Koen Bontinck, vice president of NSF sustainability services. “The goal of this report is to not only provide companies with an affordable analysis of their current operations and exposure to carbon costs, but also to help them implement sustainable business practices and verify their GHG emissions data in preparation for the new regulations.”
The report is based on findings from Trucost’s study Carbon Risks and Opportunities in the S&P 500, which assessed GHG emissions, carbon intensity, and exposure to carbon costs of S&P companies internationally using publicly disclosed information. Using Trucost’s unique methodology to provide an overview of each industry’s impact on the environment, the key components of the report, Carbon Emissions—Measuring the Risks include:
Carbon benchmarking—Carbon intensity can be used to assess a company’s carbon emissions relative to its sector peers. Companies that are more carbon-efficient than their competitors can gain a competitive advantage under carbon constraints, such as carbon pricing.
Financial risk—The report reveals calculated carbon costs relative to earnings to identify potential profit risk.
Other environmental impacts—To compare the importance of other environmental impacts for each sector, such as impacts on natural resources, Trucost calculated environmental costs based on the financial value of damages caused by each impact.
Strategic implications—Companies with more energy efficient operations and supply chains will be well-positioned during the shift to a low-carbon economy to attract investors and increase market share.
Trucost’s key findings among the industrial goods and services sector include:
To view the free report, please visit http://www.nsf.org/info/sandpcarbonemissionsreport/.