CABA Information Series

IS-2008-129: Climate change – a business revolution?

The U.K government provided funding for the Carbon Trust, an independent company.  The Carbon Trust surveyed the following industries to determine the potential impact of a low carbon economy: aluminum, automotive, beer, building insulation, consumer electronics, and oil and gas.  If climate change initiatives were enacted, some companies would increase value by up to 80%, while others would decrease value by as much as 65%.  Much depends on the timing and severity of the initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.  Company value is determined by regulations, consumer behavior, innovations, and the cost attributed to carbon.  The methodology for deriving impact estimates is described based on the cost of action versus “business as usual.”  The building insulation industry could improve 80% depending on building energy performance regulations.






















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