Putting The 'W' In ESG: The Case For A Rethink On Reporting Of Waste

Summary

  • The environmental factors (E) in ESG are dominated by measures of carbon emissions, energy and net zero, but less attention is paid to the use of materials and waste.
  • This, in turn, is reflected in the relatively poor quality of data and associated metrics on waste and recycling referenced in corporate sustainability reports.
  • This is a problem, particularly given the higher costs of raw materials and energy, and greater regulatory oversight on waste.

A lake in the shape of a recycling sign in the middle of untouched nature. An ecological metaphor for ecological waste management and a sustainable and economical lifestyle. 3d rendering.

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The environmental factors (E) in ESG are dominated by measures of carbon emissions, energy and net zero, but less attention is paid to the use of materials and waste. This, in turn, is reflected in the relatively poor quality of data and

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