Understanding its importance in the transition to a low carbon economy

We believe that ‘unconventional gas’ which has lower greenhouse gas emission intensity than other fossil fuels will form an important part of the transition to a low carbon economy. But while the unconventional gas industry can provide a significant economic benefit to rural and regional areas, there are environmental and social issues that companies must address. In this article we take a look at some of the issues that need to be addressed at both an environmental and social level, and examine why and how the industry needs to do more to build the required trust of stakeholders.

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About the Author

Ian Woods was appointed to Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Research in October 2011. He has been instrumental in establishing and developing AMP Capital’s approach to ESG issues, and their integration into the investment processes for Australian and international equity and fixed income funds. He also oversees the corporate governance and proxy voting of AMP Capital and its engagement with companies on ESG issues.

Ian’s background is in environmental and risk consulting both in the Asia/Pacific region and in Europe, and has worked with most of the large companies in Australia and the UK. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney, a Master of Environmental Law, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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