The pembina Institute is an influential environmental think-tank organization basd i Alberta. It is an independent, not-for-profit environmental policy research and education organization. The Institute has a multidisciplinary staff of more than forty, with corporate offices in Drayton Valley, Calgary and Ottawa, and home offices in Vancouver and Toronto. The Institute’s major policy research and education programs are in the areas of sustainable energy, climate change, environmental governance, ecological fiscal reform, sustainability indicators, and the environmental impacts of the energy industry.
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The E7 are leading electricity companies operating in G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and United States). The E7 promotes global environmental protection while considering the economic growth of developing countries. It discusses and implements actions on global issues affecting the electric utility industry. The E7’s priorities are: 1. Sustainable Development 2. Climate change 3. Internationalization 4. Social trust
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Ray Anderson, who heads one of the world’s largest floor-coverings companies, has a word for fellow business people who oppose the Kyoto protocol. Not only is it possible to cut greenhouse emissions without killing profits, the pursuit of lower emissions will lead to a stronger business, Anderson said Wednesday. He was in Ottawa at the invitation of the David Suzuki Foundation, lending his support to a new study which says Canada can save billions by cutting greenhouse emissions. “It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do in a strictly business sense, said the founder and chairman of Atlanta-based Interface Inc. “What I don’t understand is why more CEOs don’t get it.” The study by energy expert Ralph Torrie says Canadians would pocket $200 billion in energy savings if they cut greenhouse emissions by 50 per cent between 2004 and 2030. That estimate is in sharp contrast to calculations by some industry groups that compliance with Kyoto would cost the country billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. The Kyoto protocol requires a six per cent emissions cut from 1990 levels by 2012, a much more modest goal than proposed by Torrie. The savings touted by Torrie would be achieved by retrofitting buildings, using alternative forms of energy, improving public transportation, shifting freight to rail and upgrading manufacturing technologies. “It’s a straightforward approach that is based on existing technologies and practical, proven energy-efficiency techniques, Torrie said. “In fact, it puts us on a path to cutting our emissions in half.” Anderson said there are huge energy savings to be found in every industry, citing his own company’s experience. He said Interface has cut its greenhouse emissions by 30 per cent and saved $175 million since 1994 by reviewing every one of its business activities, from manufacturing to travel. The company’s most efficient plant, at Belleville, Ont., achieved a 65 per cent reduction in emissions while increasing employment by two and a half times since 1995, he said. Anderson said he is mortified that the U.S. government has rejected Kyoto, and suggest the administration has tight ties to the energy industry. “We’re dealing here with a classic confrontation between an immovable object and an irresistible force, he said. “The immovable object is the status quo and the irresistible force is the force of history. The force of history always wins.”
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The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of development assistance. In Fiscal Year 2002, the institution provided more than US$19.5 billion in loans to its client countries. It works in more than 100 developing economies with the primary focus of helping the poorest people and the poorest countries ….
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The UBC Campus Sustainability Office assists the university in teaching, promoting and implementing a balance between Ecological, Economic, and Societal goals. The goal is to make UBC the leading Canadian university in demonstrating the means to a sustainable community through the fair, wise and efficient use of economic, social and ecological resources within the bounds of a finite planet.
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Established in 1987, SustainAbility is the longest running sustainable development consultancy. They focus on how the sustainable development agenda fits within business strategy in environmental, social and economic terms – the ‘triple bottom line’.
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This site has numerous links to the WSSD activities including the ” virtual exhibition”
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BP, one of the largest oil producer, has developed in the past 5 years a major initiative to make the company core principles compatible with the principles of sustainability
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BASD is a network of businesses. It was created by ICC and WBCSD for the express purpose of coordinating business input to the Johannesburg Earth Summit.
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Visions and Goals for World Steel Industry on Sustainable Development. “Steel is valued as a major foundation of a sustainable world. This is achieved by a financially sound industry, taking leadership in economic, social and environmental sustainability and seeking continuous improvement.”
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