News – June 2011

Farm to Fork Summit Discussed at 2020 Meeting

A ‘FARM TO FORK’ summit organised by Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and supported by HRH Prince Charles was discussed when the full group met at the Royal Highland Show today.

The Prince raised the idea of a high-level event to look at a wide range of issues surrounding food sustainability when he met 2020 members at The Palace of Holyroodhouse earlier this month among a wide range of topics of mutual interest.

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BT appoints new Chief Sustainability Officer

BT has appointed Niall Dunne as Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to lead the company’s climate change and sustainable development strategy. Joining on July 4, Niall will co-ordinate all sustainability activities across BT, ensuring sustainability practices are embedded into BT's strategy, products and services.  Niall has spent the past decade leading sustainability practices in Saatchi & Saatchi and Accenture and has chaired a number of industry initiatives, including the Sustainable Consumption Project Board for the World Economic Forum in 2009.

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We need to adopt smart grids

The US is opening up energy data, allowing consumers to monitor usage and save on utility bills. We need to do the same.

Big companies call for tougher 2020 target

More than 70 European companies, including many of the world's largest firms, have today signed up to a declaration calling on the EU to set a new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions 30 per cent on 1990 levels by 2020.

The signatories together employ more than 3.4 million people and boast an annual turnover of one trillion euros. They include a raft of household names, such as BT (whose Scottish Director Brendan Dick is a member of Scotland's 2020 Climate Group), BSkyB, Carrefour,  Coca-Cola, Google, IKEA, M&S, Philips, Sony Europe, Unilever and Vodafone.

SSE, whose Chief Executive Ian Marchant is convener of Scotland's 2020 Climate Group, is among a number of energy companies to sign up.

Launch of the Online Envirowheel

Scottish Business in the Community, BT Scotland and the 2020 Climate Group have teamed up to create the country's first online environmental support tool.

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Prince Charles meets 2020 Group

Members of the Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group met with HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse to discuss the group’s work and progress. 

2020 convener Ian Marchant and sub-group heads outlined the huge range of work going on – and found the Prince highly knowledgeable and engaged across the whole 2020 agenda.

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BT unveils 2011 Sustainability Report

BT has reported on the positive steps it has been making in sustainability and corporate responsibility during the past 12 months with the publication of Better Future: BT’s 2011 Sustainability report.

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