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20 November 2014

Reaction to the UK's pledge of up to £720m to Green Climate Fund

Jonathan Grant, director, sustainability & climate change, PwC comments on the UK pledge of up to £720m to the Green Climate Fund: "The UK's pledge of up to £720m to the Green Climate Fund will support developing countries to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. While...

13 November 2014

China & US announcement gives a boost to the UN climate talks

Jonathan Grant analyses the targets announced by China and the US and the implications for the UN climate negotiations. With the US and China showing leadership on climate, others can be expected to follow. For other countries holding back, these targets may help remove a big political obstacle to taking...

06 November 2014

Seven key points from the Synthesis Report

Seven points from the Synthesis Report If you know nothing else about the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, know this.....or if you want the fuller briefing, read it here. 1 The climate is changing and we’re influencing it Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and rising anthropogenic emissions and atmospheric...

PwC briefing: The IPCC Synthesis Report

Jonathan Grant and Lit Ping Low review the IPCC Synthesis Report. You can download this blog here, including our seven point guide to the synthesis report. The IPCC* published the Synthesis Report (SYR) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on the 2nd November. This final section of the landmark report...

16 October 2014

New York Climate Summit – what did it deliver and what’s next?

Sam Bickersteth, CEO of the Climate & Development Knowledge Network looks at events at the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York from the developing country perspective. Many people gathered and many words were spoken in New York last month on the topic of climate change but will it...

02 October 2014

Modern slavery – tackling the root and the causes in the UK.

Efforts to eradicate modern day slavery are growing again worldwide. Patrick Shaw Brown, a specialist in human rights with the PwC Sustainability team examines the UK government’s proposals that PwC responded to. When you hear people talk about ‘slavery’ you imagine something from the 18th and 19th century. But the...

26 September 2014

Why putting a price on carbon is becoming a business and economic reality.

PwC was among the businesses who signed the World Bank’s call to governments and business leaders to support putting a price on carbon. Jonathan Grant, director, PwC sustainability & climate change outlines the implications. Finance was at the heart of the UN climate summit in New York this week. Indeed...

23 September 2014

Reaction to the UN Climate Summit proceedings to date

Jonathan Grant, director, sustainability & climate change, PwC gives initial thoughts on the UN Climate Summit activities today. "Heads of state spoke passionately all day about climate change and nearly every sector of the economy was covered by the initiatives announced. The roll call of activities and ambitions will give...

22 September 2014

New York Climate Week – Seven days, seven questions

Lit Ping Low, climate economist in PwC’s sustainability and climate change team is at the UN Climate Summit in New York this week. While the summit is not a negotiation, she examines the key questions for business and policy makers attending. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will...

Climate change: one day in New York

Jonathan Grant, director, and specialist in climate policy and carbon previews the biggest day for climate change since 2009. This is the biggest moment for climate change since Copenhagen in 2009. With governments, business and civil society so well engaged, the summit will raise the visibility and relevance of the...