Sarah Aird

Marketing Director

Sarah is Marketing Director at Trucost, part of S&P Global.

Sarah is responsible for Trucost’s events, press, website and marketing communications. She also runs Trucost’s information partner programme which aims to support organisations in providing environmental information and guidance to their stakeholders.

Sarah holds a degree in Natural Sciences and Marketing from the University of Bath.

Placing a monetary value on environmental impacts is particularly useful in ensuring environmental initiatives are linked to strategic bottom line objectives.

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Although 99% of companies in the FTSE All-Share refer to environmental policies in the annual report, only 22% disclosure metrics on carbon emissions that would comply with Government guidelines.

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Michael Orzano, CFA, Associate Director, Global Equity Indices & Alka Banerjee, Vice President,Global Equity & Strategy Indices, S&P Indices describe outperformance in the S&P/IFCI Carbon Efficient Index, driven by Trucost data.

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Trucost examines which South African companies are most at risk from an upcoming carbon tax.

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KPMG used Trucost data to identify the external environmental costs of 11 key industry sectors (including upstream supply chain). Based on this data, KPMG found that the external environmental costs of the 11 sectors rose by 50% between 2002 and 2010, from US$566 billion to US$854 billion.

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Over the past year, it has certainly paid off investing in clean companies in the clean sectors. But, in the dirty sectors, the performance of clean companies has been disappointing and, in almost all cases, below that of the sector as a whole.

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SustainAbility's Rate the Raters report highlighted Trucost good practice in the areas of input verification, experience and capacity of research team, basis for rating and validation of results.

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Contrary to the fears of many developing nations that reducing carbon emissions will damage their economies, CFI believes, like Lord Stern, the former World Bank economist, that "tackling climate change is the pro-growth strategy for the long term."

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Today we publish our fourth State of Green Business report, GreenBiz.com’s annual effort to take the pulse of what and how the world of sustainable business is doing. It’s an interesting time to take this accounting, to say the least. In society, environmental issues seem to have faded from view, at least in the U.S., thanks

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The partnership between Trucost and CDP enables current and future members of CDP Supply Chain to use Trucost's environmental data to identify their most carbon intensive suppliers.

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UK Government has strengthened the Carbon Reduction Commitment, significantly increasing returns to companies implementing energy efficiency measures, and helping the government meet emission reduction targets.

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A Trucost study for PRI and UNEP found that the environmental damage caused by some of the world's largest companies costs the global economy more than $2 trillion worldwide.

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New clean-fuel economics have the potential to see off the old fossil fuel economy - if given a chance.

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Trucost explains why a hybrid approach of input output modeling and life cycle analysis provides the best of both worlds when it comes to measuring supply chain emissions.

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Paul Druckman, chairman of executive board at The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project, comments on what makes a good sustainability report.

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Trucost advises investors to relatively underweight companies which have larger environmental impacts per unit of output than the average for their sector.

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Today's "green" software applications leave a lot to be desired. We need fresh thinking and leadership to make a genuine difference to the industry's poorly-served customers.

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