Travel carbon emission reduction: managing and accounting in a global company

N. Di Giacomo, J. Guthrie, F. Farneti

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Abstract

Purpose: This case study explores how a global company does or does not adapt to climate change through changes in managerial action. Specifically, the research concerns a travel project in a global consulting company based in London, the stated aim of which was a 25% reduction of carbon emission generated by air travel in one year. The research explores the actions undertaken to achieve carbon emission reduction. Design: A case study method is employed to follow the travel project over one year to examine its contributions, if any, to carbon emission reduction. Findings: Several solutions were implemented by management aimed at reducing carbon emission by air travel. Travel incentive schemes to reduce flight travel were implemented, with a focus on new communication technology. Despite significant managerial effort, carbon was not reduced. When, at the completion of the analysis, the stated objective of achieving 25% carbon emission reduction had not been met, the company instead changed its targets to adapt to much higher levels of carbon emissions to meet its actual levels, which had increased significantly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPapers from the 11th A-CSEAR Conference
Subtitle of host publicationpeople and place
Place of PublicationWollongong, NSW
PublisherUniversity of Wollongong, Research Online
Pages1-17
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralasian Centre on Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference (11th : 2012) - Wollongong, NSW
Duration: 2 Dec 20124 Dec 2012

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian Centre on Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference (11th : 2012)
CityWollongong, NSW
Period2/12/124/12/12

Keywords

  • case study
  • global organisation
  • carbon emission
  • airline travel

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