The climate change debate: next stop – London

By Tim Le Couilliard The climate change conference circuit ahead of COP27 is in full flow. These frequent gatherings bring together key players to cover a bewildering range of complex topics in plenty of locations. From Bonn in Germany last week, where the latest round of UN climate talks took place, to London Climate Action…

The PR of Trees: getting to the root of climate change

By Tim Le Couilliard Trees have a revered status – everyone loves trees. In the UK they are everywhere, just beginning to blossom and bringing colour back to our gardens, commutes, and countryside. If there’s one thing they don’t need, it’s PR; they can’t do anything wrong. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published…

Activist investors: the new climate enforcers?

By Anthony Hughes With the SEC issuing a new draft proposal to add standardised climate reporting to required disclosures by public companies and TCFD reporting requirements coming into force in the UK last week (6 April), ‘ESG’, in all its glory, looks like it is finally starting to materialise into something more concrete that will see more…

Humans are ‘unequivocally’ driving climate change – but is it irreversible?

By Sabine Tyldesley The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its sixth Assessment Report this week with a stark warning that there is “unequivocal” evidence that humans are causing increasing temperatures. UN Secretary-General António Guterres further described it as “a code red for humanity”. The report found that every additional 0.5C of global warming…

Green sticks and green carrots emerge in race to decarbonise the UK

By Andrew Adie Every day brings further pressure on all sectors of the economy to accelerate their commitments, and publish their plans, for being more sustainable.  The UK government’s determination to be a leader in the new global green economy means that businesses are facing mounting pressure to commit to being net zero by 2050….

Turning climate pledges into reality: Now for the tricky bit

By Dafydd Rees Firstly, let’s focus on the good news. 9 out of the world’s 10 largest economies have now made pledges to reach the target of zero carbon emissions by the middle of this century.  Yet, in the aftermath of President Biden’s Climate Summit of world leaders held last week, humanity faces the daunting…

The road to COP26 and the role of finance in tackling climate change

By Gareth Jones This week was meant to mark COP26 in Glasgow, where countries around the world were set to participate in the most important climate event since the COP21 summit in 2015 and build on the principles of the Paris Agreement. COVID-19 has meant that the summit has been delayed until next year, however…

Does the world need the USA to rediscover its climate change mojo?

By Andrew Adie Donald Trump’s (yet to be confirmed) loss at the polls could be a big victory for the environment, or so goes one narrative. Among his more controversial decisions was the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris climate change agreement. As the likelihood of a Biden victory has become more apparent, numerous…