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21 April 2016

A Ceremony to Mark a New Era of Climate Action

Dr Celine Herweijer, partner in PwC's sustainability and climate change team In New York this Friday, on International Earth Day, the UN Secretary General will welcome a stream of Heads of State to the city to mark the first day the Paris agreement will be open for signature. More than...

01 April 2016

PwC viewpoint - The FSB Taskforce and the impact on mainstream financial services organisations

On 1 April, a special taskforce led by Michael Bloomberg, delivered it's route map and recommendations to embed climate-related risks into mainstream financial services. Established in December by the Financial Stability Board, the Taskforce aims to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial disclosures for use by companies in providing information to...

22 March 2016

Handle with care - why should business pay attention to water?

By Malcolm Preston Is water our planet’s most precious resource? It’s hotly debated, but for business it’s moved up the agenda to become a big risk. The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2016, ranks water crisis as the top long term risk. The Top Five Global Risks of Highest...

18 March 2016

What’s changed since the Paris climate summit?

100 days on from COP21 Jonathan Grant looks at what’s changed for business. Like a Rorschach test*, or ink blot test, asking someone about the Paris Agreement often tells you more about the person than the climate deal. The reaction to the Agreement has ranged from over the top hyperbole...

24 February 2016

Nuclear claims its rightful place as a low-carbon generation source – delivering business benefits to projects and operators

By Fiona Reilly In January 2016, the State of New York Public Service Commission ruled that the state's Clean Energy Standard (CES) portfolio must include nuclear power plants among its non-carbon-emitting generation resources[1]. The decision – which came as a boost to the nuclear industry in the US – represents...

15 February 2016

A round ruler: how to measure the circular economy

By Henry le Fleming There is a well used phrase amongst management consultants that is usually a derivative of “What you can measure you can manage.” As I build complex models of environmental impacts for a living, I fully buy into the aspiration of these words, measuring complex environmental impacts...

03 February 2016

Reporting; resilience; trust - is 2016 their year in sustainability?

2015 ended on a high in Paris. What’s 2016 got in store? Clinton Moloney, from PwC’s US Sustainable Business Solutions practice2015 , gives the first of a series of views from our global network on what’s likely to be the key themes. In 2015, we witnessed several glaring crises related...

29 January 2016

Learning from others: highlighting the very best in Sustainability Reporting

By Alan McGill Every year, PwC’s Building Public Trust (BPT) Awards recognise trust and transparency in a range of reporting, from corporate and tax reporting to sustainability reporting. The BPT Sustainability Awards are announced during a luncheon at the Dorchester each December, alongside a sustainability reporting workshop, to present the...

13 January 2016

A wasted opportunity? Time for the service sector to take a closer look at waste and the circular economy

By Henry le Fleming Service sector companies have more significant environmental impacts than they realise. What can they do to reduce them and harness circular economy opportunities? Most reports on environmental issues have a power plant or an industrial plant with a good smoke plume, whilst service sector offices appear...

07 January 2016

How we helped bring the least developed and most vulnerable countries into the Paris Climate Agreement.

Sam Bickersteth talks about the role of PwC’s Climate and Development Knowledge Network in the lead up to and during COP21. For many people, the 1997 Kyoto climate change agreement proved to be a disappointment. Among the many reasons for this, is the fact that despite climate change being a...