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What if assumptions made about implementing sustainable practices turn out to be wrong? By implementing robust Carbon Accounting solutions you can use data based approaches to determine the environmental impact of changes made at organizations and its actual impact on the environment. A new article, published yesterday in the Harvard Business Review, describes a project undertaken by Japanese electronics giant Hitachi and three of its suppliers in conjunction with the E-liability Institute to understand where CO2 emissions were produced in the value chain for the copper used to manufacture its transformers and how different sourcing of the copper would affect the quantity of emissions produced. A key finding of the project was that recycled copper can produce significantly more CO2 emissions than mining copper, if the recycling process is itself high emitting and if the mining process is low-carbon. This highlights the value of applying a systematic and robust approach to measuring carbon emissions such as the E-liability method used in the project. Professor Karthik Ramanna of the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, and Harry Kirk of the E-liability Institute co-authored the article. https://hbr.org/2023/11/why-recycled-materials-dont-always-generate-greener-products

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