The effort to achieve sustainable development is already having a profound effect on businesses where board-level decisions must be responsive to environmental considerations and social well-being, as well as economic viability. Thus, decision making in companies with a long-term vision is now more complex and embraces a broad range of goals.
In 2005, G8 leaders agreed in their Gleneagles Plan of Action to act with resolve and urgency on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development. This initiative by the world’s largest nations should be viewed not as a threat by the coal industry, but rather as an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment for a sustainable energy future. Without such a plan for coal, there can be no credible solution to the challenges we face.
The above formed part of the introduction to a document produced by the COAL INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD and the INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY. This was produced in 2006 but still addresses many of the issues which are covered within this module.
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You are required to undertake the following:
Examine the Sustainable Development Principles in Table 1 page 16 and compare and contrast them with the principles you have in the powerpoint called (Principles_of_SD). Do you feel there are any omissions that should be included?
Read Case Studies 30/31 (page 57-60). Identify why these projects are of importance with respect to biodiversity. From the text, why do you think that it have been a success and what can we learn from them in ensuring biodiversity is included in the agenda within this country?
Read Case Studies 38/39 (page 75-76). Why is it important for companies and individual to recognise that they are part of a community and what would be the expected long term benefits of engaging in community projects?
Read Case Study 25 (page 49-51). This study recognises the like between water use and electricity generation. The study identifies four ways in which the issue is being tackled. Comment on each and discuss the statistics which are presented within the study.
Pages 93 and 94 identify the strategies that can be implemented when trying to ensure sustainability. Select five from the lists that you consider critical and explain why in each case.
Present your findings in the form of a well-structured and detailed report.
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