Different shades of green? Industrial Products climate change series

PwC is pleased to launch a short thought leadership paper on the impact of the climate change agenda post Copenhagen and the business implications for our Transportation & Logistics clients. Key findings indicate:

  • CEOs within Industrial Products are beginning to come to terms with some of the commercial risks arising from climate change, as well as some of the potential opportunities.
  • Key issues remain ensuring efficient compliance through hedging arrangements and undertaking internal process improvements where possible
  • A pro-active approach is vital. Companies need to begin work on emissions inventories, data and systems.

This paper is accompanied by a Transportation & Logistics sector supplement providing a background on the current state of the sector followed by an analysis of the top Airline and Logistics clients and how they are responding to climate change issues based on publically available information. We found that reducing emissions is likely to pose a greater challenge to transportation and logistics companies over the next twenty years than obtaining a suffi cient supply of energy. For the Aviation sector, improving the fuel efficiency and emissions profile of aircraft is a major area of focus.Significant progress has already been made and many airlines are in the process of modernising their fleets In the aviation sector, massive research efforts are looking to drive technological advances.  At the same time, many efforts are also being made to better employ existing technology. Major players in the logistics sector are also making significant progress on emissions reductions, with several pioneering the use of alternatively powered vehicles on the ground and applying some of the same approaches as the airlines to improving efficiency in air. Many are also helping their own customers improve their carbon footprint; in other sectors such as industrial manufacturing or metals, enhancing the logistics process is an important element in their own emission reduction programmes.