Arcus Sustainability Study – Table of contents


  1. Regulatory related challenges
  2. Business issues affected by climate change regulations
  3. Reputation related risks and opportunities
  4. Challenges to adapt standards throughout a company
  5. Impact on long-term planning and strategic decisions like capital outlays
  6. Impact of product lifecycles, introductions and growth strategies
  7. Perception of regulatory, market and technological signals by geography and market segment
  8. Perception of power sources, technologies, technology combinations and pathways
  9. Demand-side vs. supply-side controls such as fuel-economy or GHG emissions
  10. Market dynamics and product strategies from one region to another to deal with change
  11. How industries weigh the risks of investing capital on products with uncertain prospects
  12. Attitudes to different sources of power generation and association with climate change



  1. Key motivation for change by industry
  2. Business issues linked to reputation and climate change
  3. Perception of reputation risk from climate change issues
  4. Perception of consumer awareness and concern about climate change
  5. Steps to monitor and reduce overall carbon footprint
  6. Intention of implementing carbon-reduction plans
  7. Reputational risk vs. business opportunities
  8. Impact of Consumer behaviour, environmental campaigns and investor demands
  9. Role of investor community
  10. Emerging niche markets that exploit carbon concerns
  11. Role of competitive advantage in decisions
  12. Role of employees, regulators, peers and environmentalists
  13. Established corporate response mechanisms



  1. Attitudes towards consumer perception of climate change
  2. How companies expect consumers to react to climate change
  3. Perception of climate change as a mainstream consumer concern
  4. Strategies being adopted by companies across a range of industries
  5. Perceived role of consumers in mitigating climate risk
  6. Expectation of increases in market share from commitment to carbon reduction by consumers
  7. Role of media reports, increased regulations and political debate
  8. Steps being taken to promote a positive image of products and services
  9. Climate change as a loyalty driver of products and services
  10. Key consumer segments that are most likely to be engaged by climate change issues



  1. Perception of cost of compliance
  2. Expectation of learning curve
  3. Global benchmarks of shifts in concern about climate change
  4. Expectation of costs related to compliance
  5. Expectation of cost-benefit analysis of business process improvements
  6. Climate change as a business issue
  7. Climate change as a strategic priority
  8. Climate change as a CEO/board agenda
  9. Personal vs. business perspective on understanding of climate change
  10. Steps to measure carbon foot print and related energy consumption
  11. Learning curve and challenges related to compliance



  1. Role of Government in developing regulatory mechanisms
  2. Expectation from government for direction on climate change issues
  3. Expectations on a framework for business to work with
  4. Measuring energy consumption
  5. Expectation of pace of implementation of regulation from government
  6. Expectation of incentives for change
  7. Role of government for direction on climate change issues
  8. Business issues and role of government regulation
  9. Feedback on a market-based system to price carbon
  10. Awareness and comprehension of carbon trading schemes
  11. Barriers to adoption of regulatory mechanisms


Extent of action 

  1. Nature of efforts to address climate change
  2. Drivers of change
  3. The direct influence of environmental activists
  4. Predictable pricing signals and policy frameworks
  5. Role of recycling and energy efficient equipment
  6. Role of lower transportation emissions
  7. Role of education and training
  8. Extent of donations to organizations involved with climate change
  9. Projections about cuts and lack of experience
  10. Establishing best practices
  11. Expectations about carbon offsetting
  12. Share of business budget being spent on electricity costs (by industry)