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Only 1 in 10 Aus companies know how much GHG they produce; only 25pc try to save water, says AIG survey

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

Only one in 10 Australian companies knew how much greenhouse gas they were producing and only a quarter have tried to save water, according to the biggest-ever survey on environmental management in Australian industry, reported The Age (11/9/2007, p.3).

Good news and bad news: In a surprising frank self-assessment, most of the companies surveyed admitted they were poorly informed about how to cut their greenhouse gas emissions or how climate change might affect their bottom line. The better news was that the overwhelming majority (78 per cent) agreed they had a responsibility to reduce their greenhouse pollution, and were willing to do so even if it cost them money. The survey of 810 manufacturing and construction companies with a combined sales revenue of $41 billion and 56,000 employees, was carried out by the Australian Industry Group, with funding from Sustainability Victoria.

Ignoring green-energy: About 60 per cent of companies – including 30 per cent of large firms – said they had not done anything to reduce their greenhouse pollution. Among those that had, most were still in the planning or research phase. Only 1 per cent of the companies bought renewable energy.

The Age, 11/9/2007, p. 3

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