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09 January 2018

The ‘latte levy’ and the value of a collapsible coffee cup

by Henry le Fleming, a specialist in PwC's circular economy team The Environmental Audit Committee has proposed a “Latte Levy” of £0.25 per disposable coffee cup. This is alongside some good advice that reusable cups should be used wherever possible, and an insight into the problems of recycling composite materials...

22 November 2017

PwC COP23 report - a missed opportunity?

by Jonathan Grant, director in the Sustainability and Climate Change Perhaps my expectations were too high. It was always billed as a humdrum, technical COP, and governments did make reasonable technical progress. But surely a more ambitious outcome was possible given all the factors in play. Delegates in Bonn discussed...

16 November 2017

Taking the SDGs to the next level for business

By Linda Midgley Having just spent 10 months digging deeply into the various targets and disclosures that sit behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I can safely say that achieving the SDGs is going to take significant engagement and action from business. Unlike governments, who will need to report...

11 November 2017

Nurturing the payment plan for forest carbon

Roberta Iley, climate-smart agriculture and deforestation specialist, PwC The natural disasters of 2017 have been sobering. Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a path of destruction across the Caribbean and Florida; floods left a third of Bangladesh under water; and a severe drought in Somalia left 2.9 million people in need...

10 November 2017

What does a green economy transition mean for public finance and what can fiscal policy do about it?

During our time in Bonn, Germany at the COP23, thousands of officials from government, non-government organisations, business and civil society are convening in sessions to discuss and agree a clear plan for finalising the Paris Agreement 'rulebook'. Alongside the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, we’re putting our case forward...

08 November 2017

Green economy transition - examining the role of public finance and fiscal policy

Discussions about the global green economy transition, the kind of which will take place at COP 23 this month, usually focus on its environmental or developmental impacts. But the global transition to a greener economy will also transform the public finances of many countries, particularly those dependent on natural resources....

06 November 2017

5 things to watch at COP23 (or how to justify your trip to Bonn)

by Jonathan Grant, director in the climate change team COP gets underway this week. There are no great expectations, but the Fijian Presidency will do its best to advance the talks on a few fronts. This COP could be an odd hybrid between dull negotiations over technical rules and potentially...

03 November 2017

Good deals can be struck: The pursuit of FTAs that are good for trade, climate and development

Phil Brown, Senior Trade Advisor The UK Government has already signalled its intent to be a champion for free trade post-Brexit. This includes negotiating ambitious free trade agreements (FTAs) directly with the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies, bringing together trade and aid policy to reduce poverty, and increasing the UK’s...

02 November 2017

Emerging and Exponential Technologies: new opportunities for low-carbon development

by Ben Combes, Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change As countries from around the world meet at COP23 in Bonn next week to discuss progress towards the Paris Agreement and broader climate action, a range of indicators show the scale of the challenge. PwC’s latest Low Carbon Economy Index 2017...

26 September 2017

A single version of the truth: Business Reporting on the SDGs

By Malcolm Preston Do you remember where you were when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were ratified? I most definitely do – I was there along with Pope Francis, in the room, at the UN. I remember thinking this was going to change the game and that business involvement was...