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13 September 2016

How many human beings does it take to ‘go circular’?

By Bridget Jackson Over the past year, I’ve been exploring how a services company (PwC) can apply the principles of the circular economy in its operations. It’s literally been a journey of discovery: visiting the materials recovery facility (MRF) to see how paper, glass, metal and plastics are all sorted...

24 August 2016

Sustainability: What does it mean for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions?

By Saloni Goel, Caroline Brown and Sohasini Sudtharalingam  Sustainability in International Development is broadly understood as the ability of interventions to generate long-lasting impact. Often, sustainability is only considered at later stages of a programme, because it is a broad and ill-defined concept for policy makers to tackle. The...

25 July 2016

Green economies and the Global Goals – at UNCTAD 14

By Malcolm Preston There is no doubt in my mind that business must play a pivotal role in supporting the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The fact that all 193 governments of the UN have come together and agreed on a common language to describe goals...

23 June 2016

The Long View: Opportunities for transformation of the water industry

By Richard Laikin, UK Water Sector Leader The water industry will undergo profound changes in the coming years, driven by a progressive regulatory agenda, climate change, changing customer attitudes and the deployment of digital technology. Companies must deal with population growth, a rising risk of floods and drought, greater emphasis...

20 May 2016

The future of carbon pricing

By Jonathan Grant Jonathan Grant considers IETA’s vision of how the Paris Agreement could promote carbon pricing and mitigation action globally. Governments are meeting in Bonn next week for the first formal UN discussions about implementing the Paris Agreement. In the opening segment many talked of ‘maintaining momentum’ and the...

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...