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Carbon Disclosure Project – How to improve your Climate scores

Climate Change CDP (previously Carbon Disclosure Project) has been present in South Africa since 2007.

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Initially only thirty companies responded, and by 2015 seventy-nine companies of the JSE100 companies submitted a response. The median disclosure score in 2015 was 96; clearly, most companies now know how to respond to the questionnaire.

However, there is almost always certainly room for improvement in disclosure. In my experience, working with CDP on scoring and analysing responses, companies drop points for a myriad of reasons. Some of the most common are:

  • Incomplete or blank answers
  • No verification of emissions
  • Lack of Scope 3 emissions calculations

Performance improvements have lagged behind the gains made in disclosure. With many companies struggling to shift above a ‘C’ performance band. This lack of improvement can have roots in many areas, however the most common areas for points being lost are:

  • Incomplete or blank answers
  • No verification of emissions
  • Lack of emissions reductions
  • Lack of targets and initiatives to reduce emissions

My knowledge of the methodology, coupled to my experience of scoring, places me in a unique position. Working with the GCX Africa team, we can analyse your response and workshop key areas with you and co-create ways to improve your answers and therefore your scores.

The focus of the investor community has shifted more towards performance; this trend will be further reinforced by COP21 in Paris. CDP in turn has responded to their stakeholder interest, publishing global climate leaders reports for the past two years.

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