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CHAPTER 3

leadership

and people

Successfully reducing your

carbon emissions relies on board-level

buy-in and the involvement of all staff,

stresses Gail Rajgor

The business case for carbon mitigation is clear – money, reputations and a secure

future for the business will be lost or made by the attitude taken by companies

on implementing measures to meet existing and pending carbon reduction

requirements.

How individual businesses fare will depend

on to what extent their managers and, just as

importantly, their employees are prepared

to buy into that future. There are countless

practical measures – including no and lowcost

ones – which can be taken to achieve

carbon reductions and energy savings.

Furthermore, these actions can enhance

bottom line profits in the process. However,

without clear leadership from the top, and the

subsequent involvement of staff throughout

the hierarchy of the company, achieving

the maximum gains at minimal cost to your

business will prove difficult.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

this issue is here to stay. It needs

to be understood and supported

by members of the board

the board must set the tone and

engage with its workforce in a

meaningful way

it should appoint a board-level

energy champion and/or an

energy manager

the bigger the company, the more

important it is to formalise your

policies

After all, it is the simple actions that all employees can take that have the ability

to reduce a company’s energy bills and carbon emissions in an instance, and

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