Business Conversation Questions are widely used in speaking activities as pair interview or group discussion.
Carbon management Individuals and companies are increasingly aware of their carbon footprint – the amount of carbon dioxide that their activities produce – and take measures to reduce it. Governments talk about the need to reduce carbon levels and have signed climate treaties – international agreements – that oblige countries to take measures to reduce the amount of carbon that they emit. The first of these was the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, designed to put the United Nations Climate Change Convention into effect. Change has been slow, however, and in 2014 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecast that by 2100 global temperatures would increase by between about 3 and 5 degrees Celsius. Carbon trading The maximum amount of carbon that a company is allowed to produce is capped – limited to a particular level. With carbon trading, a company can emit more than this by buying carbon credits from another company that emits less than the permitted amount. These credits can be traded – bought and sold. With carbon offsets, the carbon dioxide produced by a company’s activities or products can be offset – compensated for elsewhere. For example, a car company can arrange for trees to be planted to absorb the equivalent amount of carbon that its cars produce. If by doing this the amount of carbon produced does not increase, the company can claim that its activities are carbon-neutral. Carbon capture Some scientists say that the above measures will not be enough to reverse climate change. They say that the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere need to be removed from it, for example by capturing it and storing it underground. This is carbon capture or carbon sequestration.
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Example Conversation Questions:
What does it mean by carbon management?
What is carbon footprint?
How can companies decrease their carbon footprint?
How can Individuals decrease their carbon footprint?