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Consulting IT Solutions Managed Services DELIVERING BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY GREEN IT
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There is now broad global consensus that greenhouse gas emissions directly contribute to increasing the earth’s surface temperature. Human actions, particularly burning fossil fuels (coal, oil and natural gas), agriculture and land clearing are increasing the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) in the atmosphere, which traps heat and warms the earth’s surface. The projected changes in climate will have significant environmental, social and economic implications for Australia and New Zealand. CALLING INDUSTRY TO ACTION In New Zealand, the Climate Change Response Act 2002 provides a legal framework for the country to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and meet its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Under the framework, New Zealand will: Manage its target allocation for greenhouse Q gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol Trade greenhouse gas emissions allocations Q on the international market and establish a registry to record holdings and transfers of those units Establish a national inventory agency to Q record and report information relating to greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with international requirements. In July 2007, the Australian Government introduced a policy to address the impact of climate change. 1 This policy provides a framework that embraces: Reducing emissions while minimising the Q economic cost by: Q Maintaining emissions at 108 per cent of 1990 levels from 2008 to 2012 Q Setting a long-term emissions reduction goal in 2008 Q Establishing an emissions-trading system by 2012 Continued investment in developing Q technologies that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions Support for world-class climate science and Q finding ways to adapt to the impacts of climate change Pursuing effective international responses to Q climate change. The steps the Australian Government has taken leave a near-term gap that is not covered in this framework. Australia still requires: A clearer framework for investment in sectors Q such as electricity supply before breakthrough low-emissions technologies become available 2 Early action to reduce carbon emissions and Q introduce carbon pricing to the market. The benefits of this step will outweigh the costs of delayed action. 3 In the absence of regulation, increasing community concern has led to the expectation that industry leaders will take decisive action on climate change. 2 GREEN IT: DELIVERING BUSINESS SUSTAINABILITY CLIMATE CHANGE
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Many industries recognise climate change as a major business risk and understand they need to position themselves in response to climate change. However, companies face significant challenges
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