Truly weird moment when I was about to walk across to the Carbon Disclosure Project – and asked Sam where it was. She said Bowling Green Lane, to which I replied, “Not No. 40?” And so it proved to be. Which is the building a long-time-ago friend, Mike Franks, was instrumental in turning into what it is today. We moved Environmental Data Services (ENDS) in there, having previously been based on Great Orchard Street, Westminster, in the early 1980s. It was very strange coming back – and the CDP office was exactly like the ENDS one, which may have been on the floor below. Did an ‘Influential Person’ lunch for the CDP team, though quite what influence on them I may have had I don’t know.
CDP is an independent not-for-profit organisation which holds the largest database of corporate climate change information in the world. The data are obtained from responses to CDP’s annual Information Requests, issued on behalf of institutional investors, purchasing organisations and government bodies. Since its formation in 2000, CDP claims to have become “the gold standard for carbon disclosure methodology and process, providing primary climate change data to the global market place.”
Afterwards, CDP CEO Paul Dickinson showed me a technology he is invested in, Eye Catcher, a video-conference technology which means that you see eye-to-eye with the person or people you are talking to. Quite impressive.