Volume 6, Issue 5
Published: June 22, 2012
Going beyond carbon

In today’s global economy, non-technical risk management is key to maintaining a licence to operate, as the biofuels industry fully recognises.

 

Having an oversight of the supply chain, beyond one’s own operations, is a significant challenge, but nonetheless essential in delivering performance and value, and in providing assurance on a wide range of environmental and social impacts – from carbon and energy intensity to child labour.

 

Recently, the sustainability agenda has been dominated by climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and product carbon footprinting. However, the identification of relevant issues, and how these are influenced by industry stakeholders, government policy and the level of information available, remain principal concerns when accounting for sustainability.

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