In the early part of the 21st century the carbon market was hailed as the “next big thing” and carbon consultancies and traders boomed. Subsequently the price for carbon offsets came under pressure due to a lack of long-term international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and the recent recession. A clear price signal to the market is important, but carbon reporting became the norm for most listed companies. This gives the reader or analyst, over and above financial statements, a further set of reports that can provide insight into the direction a company is taking.

For this discussion I will refer to this as “The Rise of the Carbon Management Accountant.” The Carbon Footprinting Guide was written to develop this new profession. It was developed in conjunction with the Sustainability Institute (University of Stellenbosch) and is used as a textbook both at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Pretoria. Nedbank acts as corporate sponsor so the Guide can be distributed free of charge. The Guide was launched in February 2014 and by end of June 2014 it was downloaded more than 53 000 times.

The guide can be downloaded here.

Key Speakers

Dr Marco Lotz, Sustainability Carbon Specialist, Nadbank Group

Dr Marco Lotz holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (chemical), a master’s degree in the modeling of process systems with genetic programming (chemical engineering) and a PhD in engineering management. His PhD focused on the project management and risk management of greenhouse gas reduction projects. Marco started his career in 2006 and consulted to a wide variety of industries, including steel and cement manufacturing and precious-metal mining and processing, where he was involved in numerous carbon and water reduction projects. The carbon projects covered the complete spectrum of carbon activities, including carbon footprinting, carbon disclosure projects, carbon-neutral endeavours and revenue-generating carbon reduction projects. These projects also included water- and energy-related matters. He joined Nedbank in 2010 and was appointed as the Nedbank Group Sustainability Carbon Specialist. Marco is an associate researcher at the Tropical Research Institute in Portugal, act as a contributor for various well-known carbon publications and acts as external review expert for selected academic and other publications.

In the early part of the 21st century the carbon market was hailed as the “next big thing” and carbon consultancies and traders boomed. Subsequently the price for carbon offsets came under pressure due to a lack of long-term international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and the recent recession. A clear price signal to the market is important, but carbon reporting became the norm for most listed companies. This gives the reader or analyst, over and above financial statements, a further set of reports that can provide insight into the direction a company is taking.

For this discussion I will refer to this as “The Rise of the Carbon Management Accountant.” The Carbon Footprinting Guide was written to develop this new profession. It was developed in conjunction with the Sustainability Institute (University of Stellenbosch) and is used as a textbook both at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Pretoria. Nedbank acts as corporate sponsor so the Guide can be distributed free of charge. The Guide was launched in February 2014 and by end of June 2014 it was downloaded more than 53 000 times.

The guide can be downloaded here.

Key Speakers

Dr Marco Lotz, Sustainability Carbon Specialist, Nadbank Group

Dr Marco Lotz holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (chemical), a master’s degree in the modeling of process systems with genetic programming (chemical engineering) and a PhD in engineering management. His PhD focused on the project management and risk management of greenhouse gas reduction projects. Marco started his career in 2006 and consulted to a wide variety of industries, including steel and cement manufacturing and precious-metal mining and processing, where he was involved in numerous carbon and water reduction projects. The carbon projects covered the complete spectrum of carbon activities, including carbon footprinting, carbon disclosure projects, carbon-neutral endeavours and revenue-generating carbon reduction projects. These projects also included water- and energy-related matters. He joined Nedbank in 2010 and was appointed as the Nedbank Group Sustainability Carbon Specialist. Marco is an associate researcher at the Tropical Research Institute in Portugal, act as a contributor for various well-known carbon publications and acts as external review expert for selected academic and other publications.