The Original Carbon Company becomes a signatory to the UN Global Compact

Today, The Original Carbon Company became the first carbon management adviser to sign up to the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, affirming our commitment to the advancement of its 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

We are proud of our record in these areas and are pleased to publicly commit to putting these principles at the centre of our operations.  We will encourage our clients and suppliers to make the same commitments.

Human Rights
Principle 1: Support and respect protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
Principle 2: Make sure business is not complicit in human rights abuses

Labour
Principle 3: Uphold freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
Principle 4: Support elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
Principle 5: Support effective abolition of child labour
Principle 6: Eliminate discrimination in employment and occupation

Environment
Principle 7: Support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Principle 8: Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
Principle 9: Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

Anti-Corruption
Principle 10: Work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery

Homeowners to be Offered Loans for Eco-makeovers

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today announced long-term loans for home eco-makeovers.  There is widespread interest in producing renewable energy at home but the cost is prohibitive for many people.  The lengthy payback periods for many eco projects, like solar panels, also act as a deterrent.  The loans could be used for ground/air source heat pumps, solar panels and insulation amongst other things.  Homeowners needn’t be concerned about having to stay in the same property in order to achieve payback as the loans are set to run with the property and not the homeowner.  And the 30-year payback period will enable many more homeowners to implement these energy and cost saving measures.  There has been criticism from some quarters that the plans don’t go far enough.  The Government has indicated that it expects funds to be available for up to 7 million home eco-makeovers whereas green campaigners want every home in the UK to benefit.  Mike Rigby, CEO of energy advisers The Original Carbon Company, broadly welcomed the move, “This will make low carbon homes a realistic possibility for millions of people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.  It takes the pain out of the high up-front costs and enables many to enter the realm of generating their own energy.”