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Matthew McLaughlin

Matthew McLaughlin

Matthew McLaughlin’s fifteen-plus years of experience in Project and Operations Management is helping FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) grow into a leader in the Sustainability industry.

His strategic planning, management of day-to-day operations, and support for critical projects allows FCS’ technical specialists and Directors the ability to work with clients from all over the world, ensuring their business is not only compliant, but at the forefront of sustainability and environmentalism.

Along with being the behind-the-scenes support, Matthew uses his years of experience in process improvement and technical writing to help find ways to make the company run more smoothly with clearly defined policies and procedures, documented processes, and updated and modern technologies.

Matthew graduated from the University of Florida and currently resides in Newport Beach, CA.

Recent Posts

Setting Science-Based Targets

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Jun 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In our previous blog post, we discussed what science-based targets are.  Now we explore how to set science-based targets. 

In 2015, 195 countries came together to develop the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which commits its signatories to take action that will prevent average global temperatures from increasing by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a considerable challenge. Government commitments to reduce emissions are crucial. To meet the targets set in Paris, cities and companies must also make drastic reductions to their emissions.

What are Science-Based Targets?

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on May 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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In 2015, 195 countries came together to develop the landmark Paris Climate Agreement, which commits its signatories to take action that will prevent average global temperatures from increasing by more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. This is a considerable challenge. Government commitments to reduce emissions are crucial. To meet the targets set in Paris, cities and companies must also make drastic reductions to their emissions.

Turning Renewable Energy Into Sustainable Energy

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on May 8, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Renewable energy is a growing component of the world’s energy mix. Increasing and expanding the use of that renewable capacity can decrease our reliance on natural resources and fossil fuels, creating a sustainable energy model. How then can we meet this challenge of turning renewable energy into sustainable energy?

Setting Science-Based Targets to Reduce GHG Emissions

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Feb 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Adopted by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in 2015 and signed in New York in 2016, the Paris Agreement set the universal goal of keeping the rate of global temperature rise this century less than 2°C above pre-industrial times. A key factor in achieving this goal is reducing and eliminating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Paris Agreement’s goal will require deliberate and strategic action on an international level, in addition to solid commitment from countries and corporations. Effective global strategies and plans to reduce GHG emissions will require a clear understanding of the quantities of GHG emissions to be reduced on an ‘organization-by-organization' basis.

Why Addressing Deforestation Makes Good Business Sense

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Dec 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Deforestation can be detrimental and have serious effects on businesses. It can lead to resource depletion which can impede the generation of products and services. It can also aggravate the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and heatwaves. Furthermore, stakeholder confidence is known to decrease for companies whose operations contribute to deforestation as stakeholders are more inclined to patronize a sustainable firm.

Why Businesses Should Consider Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Achieve the SDGs

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Nov 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global developmental goals known officially as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each goal has its own set of measurable targets to be met by 2030. They cover a wide area of developmental issues including climate change, health and education, sustainable cities, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and others.

The Link Between Peace and Sustainable Development

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Sep 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Peace is a key component of sustainable development. A healthy business environment is important for development, and in conflict-ridden communities, business operations are disrupted due to the unreliable social services and the prevalence of social problems such as poverty, hunger and inequality. In order to escape direct, structural and/or cultural violence, businesses may be forced to close down and move to safer locations, even as the people remaining in these conflict-ridden areas experience poverty, hunger and decreased opportunities.

Why Companies Are Buying Renewable Energy

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Aug 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Corporate organizations are among the biggest buyers of renewable energy. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ June 2016 survey, an estimated 72 percent of companies are actively buying renewable energy. The survey also found that around 63 percent of companies “have become more inclined to purchase in the last six months.” Approximately 85 percent of companies that made a previous acquisition planned to increase their renewable energy purchases in the following 18 months.