25 posts categorised "Richard Gledhill"

31 December 2013

2014: Welcome to the year of ambition?

As we close 2013, a global deal on climate change is still the answer, says Richard Gledhill. We may never know if climate change was a factor in this year's storms in the UK, but one thing is for sure: we are currently doing too little, too late to address...

25 October 2013

Energy prices – PwC look at the options

In the UK, recent energy price rise announcements have fuelled an almost daily debate amongst politicians and media, with rumours of green levies been potentially repealed to lower the burden of rising energy prices for consumers. Specialists from PwC’s climate change, energy and taxation teams examine the issues. Since the...

26 September 2013

IPCC AR5: Our carbon addiction - time to break the habit?

In advance of the release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on climate science, we've looked back over our analysis on the progress of the world and G20 in reducing its emissions and taking action on climate change. Links to further analysis are below the infographic. Further analysis of the...

02 July 2013

UK's National Adaptation Plan delivers a postcard from the future: will the boardroom receive it?

This week the UK got a postcard from the future in the shape of the National Adaptation Programme Report. It’s not a destination businesses have been queuing up to go to says Richard Gledhill and Lit Ping Low. This week it is near record temperatures in the Western United States....

21 June 2013

Climate change: Six things to worry about, besides the weather

With climate change often measured in terms of tens, and hundreds of years, its been a pretty frantic few weeks for our understanding of the climate change debate. Richard Gledhill rounds up the six things businesses should not forget in a hurry. #1: A record not to be proud of:...

21 March 2013

Going for growth - green or any colour

The UK often claims leadership on green policy, yet as Richard Gledhill reflects on the country's annual Budget announcement they couldn't claim this to be the greenest budget ever. For all the talk in Rio last year about green growth, the focus in the corridors of power in Westminster this...

30 November 2012

Show me the road from Doha

With no deadline to agree anything before 2015, the discussions are interesting but directionless. Richard Gledhill, Jonathan Grant and Dan Hamza Goodacre report from Doha. Much of COP18 is following a familiar rhythm. Opening presentations - three minutes each for delegates to bang their particular drums. Then meetings along the...

20 November 2012

Who'd want to bank on 4C?

The latest World Bank report on climate change, Turn Down the Heat, sets out a stark vision of the future says Richard Gledhill, partner, PwC sustainability and climate change. The World Bank's latest report on climate change is not so much a wake up call, as the coffee and buffet...

09 August 2012

What the credit crunch did for climate change

Fighting climate change is never going to be easy, no matter what front you are attacking, whether it is on policy, financing, business action or consumer engagement. So on the fifth anniversary of the credit crunch in the UK, has sustainability and climate change been a winner or a loser?...

22 June 2012

Will Rio+20 deliver the" future we want?"

Richard Gledhill, partner, PwC Sustainability & Climate Change rounds up the progress at Rio, and previews its legacy Instead of binding treaties, the best we can hope for from Rio + 20 is a road map, and a rather unusual one at that, where the destination isn’t really clear, so...

11 December 2011

Durban: All aboard.....but to what destination?

PwC’s sustainability and climate change team give us their round up on the key issues, their implications and next steps from The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. Richard Gledhill, partner, PwC sustainability and climate change So now we have a road map and an ambitious timetable. But our precise destination...

10 December 2011

Durban D Day?

Richard Gledhill of PwC's climate change team, at the UN climate summit in Durban, looks ahead to the (second) final day of negotiations... The mood at the International Convention Centre has changed from eager anticipation to languid pessimism. Delegates have absorbed the texts issued overnight and are now drifting around...

09 December 2011

Durban - a new mandate?

Richard Gledhill comments on the final day of negotiations Could the UN process be heading towards a successful outcome in Durban? Albeit on a rather slow burn. Sources have suggested that there is a real possibility of a 'Durban mandate' that will extend the Kyoto Protocol, commit countries to signing...

Moving towards the endgame

Richard Gledhill updates from Durban on the final day of the climate summit. As COP17 moves towards the endgame, rumour and speculation are rife in the corridors of the International Conference Centre in Durban. The mood appears more optimistic than anyone might realistically have hoped for, just a few months...

04 December 2011

Forestry day update

Richard Gledhill reports from Forestry Day at the Durban Climate Summit. Forest Day 5 opened with a moving film tribute to Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and human rights campaigner, who died earlier this year. "Our sister, our mother, our friend, our heroine", she was the first African woman and...

01 December 2011

Green Climate Fund

This year's panto at the Durban Playhouse is Cinderella, with an African heroine and two very ugly sisters. It isn't clear yet which parties will land these roles at the COP, but the chorus of NGOs has been warming up with cries of "behind you" whenever the private sector is...

24 November 2011

Did Hugo Chavez have a point?

There's no better place to start a low carbon revolution than in the shower, says Richard Gledhill, head of climate change at PwC In the run up to the Copenhagen climate conference, President Hugo Chavez called on the people of Venezuela to stop singing in the shower to help save...

06 June 2011

UN negotiations in Bonn

Richard Gledhill, partner, PwC Sustainability and Climate Change previews the UN's negotiations in Bonn. Almost half way along the road to the UN climate conference in Durban, the latest round of climate negotiations take place in Bonn this week, in the shadow of IEA’s report of record emissions despite the...

28 January 2011

World Economic Forum at Davos

The theme for this year's meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is "Shared norms for the new reality". We had a taste of the new reality at a WWF dinner last night - looming food shortages, water scarcity, climate change, commodity price inflation and more. But the...

10 December 2010

Update on the final day's negotiations

Observers who have lasted the course are converging on the Moon Palace, anxious for news of progress, but reconciled to a long day of rumours and speculation, before we finally know whether Cancun has delivered real progress, or whether it was, after all that, just a mañana COP. The day...

09 December 2010

Compromise or conundrum? Cancun still challenges

At the Moon Palace, most of the meetings are now taking place behind close doors, as ministers work with negotiators to broker that elusive compromise, that Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa called for on Sunday. Now the business community is now dependent on political briefings to get any real sense...

08 December 2010

Compromise is the watchword in Cancun

Large numbers of environment ministers, and just a few heads of state, arrived in Cancun over the weekend. To welcome these VIP guests, the Mexican Government hosted a dinner on the beach. Ministers were asked to walk barefoot to a turtle nesting area, where each was given a baby turtle...

07 December 2010

Richard Gledhill gives his first impressions of Cancun

The T-shirt worn by many of the younger delegates sums up the challenge for policymakers in Cancun. "You have been negotiating all my life. You cannot tell me you need more time." I originally heard these words from Christina Ora, a youth delegate from the Solomon Islands, at a plenary...

08 November 2010

The Cancun conundrum

A much-trailed report from the UN Sectary General's High-level Advisory Group on Climate Finance (AGF), examines how the US$100 billion a year by 2020 promised at Copenhagen could be raised. The report from Ban Ki-moon’s Advisory Group on Climate Finance aims to show that the goal of raising US$100 billion...

19 October 2010

Despatches from Amazonia

Richard Gledhill, of PwC’s climate change and carbon markets network, describes a recent day at the ‘office’ All along the Rio Negro, broad expanses of white sand separate the lazy, muddy flow of this vast river from the forest. The water level is more than 10 metres below the seasonal...