David L. Levy on Climate Inc. comments on the state of carbon reporting.
The various modes of carbon measurement have very different goals and intended audiences, causing considerable confusion amongst firms and potential users of carbon information. This is going to impede the adoption of carbon information systems that are most crucial, those designed to manage and reduce emissions….
Many companies will likely find the short-term gains to be as elusive as those from Total Quality Management; there are considerable hurdles to system-wide implementation, from confusion and data problems to inertia and even resistance…
He closes with this, with which I agree:
There has not been nearly enough attention to the needs of management for intermediate level information that is designed to help manage carbon and reduce costs at the facilities and process level. Whether enterprise carbon management systems can really serve these multiple needs remains to be seen.