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Immense Challenges Present Wide Opportunities Tanya Harrington, NTR Foundation


The striking message from global responses to the Carbon Disclosure Project over the last 12 months has been that companies throughout the world are more focused than ever before on the interconnected challenges of resource sustainability, population growth and climate change.


It is imperative to act collectively to find ways to achieve improved living standards for all within the limitations of available resources, of land, food, water, minerals and energy. And it is abundantly clear that we must do these things while de-coupling economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions.


The scale of these challenges is immense and they require a response from all.


For businesses, these challenges also represent opportunities. So it is gratifying indeed that more Irish businesses have this year responded to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s request for information. By examining the details of their own and their suppliers’ consumption patterns and the related emissions, companies can identify opportunities for cost saving reductions, and for changes to their business formula that will strengthen them for the future.


We celebrate the achievements of all respondents to the Carbon Disclosure Project. CDP has been the prime mover in persuading businesses both to address these issues and to put relevant information into the public domain in a way that encourages others to follow. The NTR Foundation is proud and pleased to be associated with this work.


Tanya Harrington Director


NTR Foundation


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