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6. Results of CDP Ireland 2011: ISEQ 40


Governance


‘Governance’ focuses on the management and responsibility for climate change within an organisation.


Climate Change Responsibility Generally, the response data suggests that the stronger the ‘tone at the top’ in the organisation, the stronger the response to CDP and the more effective the organisation is at managing climate change issues. 68% of respondents (13 out of 19) report that responsibility for climate change issues facing their company rests at Board level. This is broadly in line with the prior year which was 70% (14 out of 20).


Incentivisation


In any organisation it can be argued that management incentives are an effective tool for achieving results.


One of the most notable changes in this year’s responses from ISEQ 40 companies relates to how they seek to attain results from managing climate change. 47% of respondents (9 out of 19) respond that they provide incentives to staff to manage climate change issues. This is a significant increase on the 2010 figure of 25% (5 out of 20).


Figure 9: ISEQ 40 Respondents with GHG Emissions Reduction TARGETS


5% 48% 21%


Voluntary Communication Up to 14 out of 19 (74%) of ISEQ 40 companies have published information about their company’s response to climate change and GHG emissions performance for this reporting year outside of CDP. These include annual reports, CSR reports and sustainability reports.


This indicates that larger Irish organisations are giving increased attention to the management of climate change issues well beyond the completion of the CDP questionnaire.


Some of the participants have gone the extra step and engaged an independent third party to provide an Assurance Report on their disclosures, which adds to the credibility of the information in the public domain.


11%


Intensity target Absolute target


Absolute and intensity targets No target Not answered


90%


of respondents have reductions actions in place, though only 48% have set themselves targets.


“ Installation of BlueTree technology in 120 bulk LPG delivery vehicles operated by part of DCC Energy tracks and reports on driving style allowing significant improvements in fuel economy, and hence carbon emissions, to be achieved.” DCC plc


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