Now that EUEC 2013 has wrapped, we wanted to share with you some revealing feedback from the show floor. We surveyed the environmental professionals at the show about how regulation and sustainability issues are affecting their companies and organizations – and wound up with some surprising results.
Here are the key takeaways from our 2013 survey:
- Carbon Tax: This year’s survey showed that two-thirds of respondents do not have a plan in place to manage the financial risk associated with the imposition of a cost on carbon, either through cap and trade or a tax. In last year’s survey, more than three-fifths of respondents said they thought the imposition of a carbon tax would impact their organization.
- AB 32: Is AB 32—under which California initiated its first carbon credit auction in November 2012—a paper tiger or is it simply too early in its implementation for companies to feel its impact? At EUEC, 72 percent of those surveyed said they thought AB 32 would not have any sort of impact on their organization.
- Regulation Reporting Systems: Nearly half of respondents with emission reporting requirements indicated that they had no actual reporting system in place. Of the group without any reporting system, about one-third reported that they were not currently evaluating any systems to help them meet their reporting requirements.
- Water Management: Two-thirds of respondents said that water management is of equal or greater value to them as managing carbon emissions. This is a big increase from 2012 when more than half of respondents indicated that water management was either of no importance, or less important than carbon emission reporting.
- Election Results: 77 percent of attendees said they believe the results of the presidential election will mean an increase in environmental regulations over the next four years.