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by David Hughes on 04/14/2011
Read a recap of the invitation only CDP Investor meeting held on April 17th, 2011 in New York City.
Because Renewable Choice is an accredited partner to the Carbon Disclosure Project, I attended the CDP investor meeting held in New York City on March 17, 2011. It was informative both for companies that are already responding to the Questionnaire and also for those that are considering responding. More than anything, institutional investors are asking for companies to provide much more depth to their answers. Whether that means citing specific examples of risks and opportunities associated with climate change, or an in-depth analysis of emissions reduction project activity, the general expectation is that the answers need to be much more specific.
The Future of CDP:
Part of this invitation-only meeting focused on the future of CDP. In the next 3-5 years CDP plans to expand to the 20 largest economies and emitters as well as to increase their presence in the United States. They intend to expand their CDP for Cities program, with the goal of getting responses from 500 cities within the next three years. The number of companies responding to the CDP Supply Chain Program is expected to increase almost fourfold by 2015. Finally, CDP plans to increase pressure on privately held companies to join public ones in disclosing their emissions.
As a CDP consulting partner, Renewable Choice is now also part of CDP’s new “Response Check” program, whereby we will be asked to systematically review corporate responses in order to ensure complete, appropriate and accurate input. This was launched for the investor program on April 11 and the service will be provided throughout the disclosure cycle.
It has been impressive to observe the rise and growing relevance of CDP. It has become one of the most important NGOs in the world with respect to the risks and opportunities associated with climate change for corporations. It’s clear that the expectations of the institutional investment community are now moving far beyond carbon measurement. Corporations should take note: investors now expect the implementation of strategies that include emissions reductions programs.
David Hughes is Senior Director of Business Development for Renewable Choice.