COP26 SERIES: CARBON MARKET MECHANISMS AND COP26

OVERVIEW The Paris Agreement, adopted by 196 Parties at COP21 in Paris, aims to limit global warming to below 2, preferably to 1.5, degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The Paris Agreement included a number of methods and goals for achieving this target. In particular, Article 6 contains three carbon pricing mechanisms, two of which … Read more

UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE (COP26)

As nearly 200 nations descend on Glasgow from 1 November for the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), the UN-backed forum for tackling climate change, the annual summit will be a defining moment in the battle to mobilise states and policymakers. The first COP to assess government climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement, the … Read more

The IPCC 2021 Climate Change Report – An Overview

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its 2021 AR6 climate change report (Report), as well as a summary for policy leaders. The Report addresses the current understanding of the climate system and climate change as well as the future possibilities of what could occur. In early 2022, the IPCC plans … Read more

Navigating the energy transition to net zero – the course is set

For decades, pressure has been building on the energy sector to decarbonise. In 2020, we witnessed a paradigm shift in the sector. Offering investors a low carbon future Pressure to decarbonize has been driven by growing evidence and awareness of the link between burning hydrocarbons and climate change, and the prevalence of hydrocarbons in our … Read more

WHAT ARE A COMPANY’S LEGAL OBLIGATIONS RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE (JAPAN)

For some time, it has been recognised that climate related risks should figure in long term planning for all organisations. There is now increasing appreciation of the extent to which climate change considerations are important to business decision making today, encompassing the physical changes to the environment resulting from climate change, and the transitional risks … Read more

The Taxonomy Regulation: an overview

On 18 June 2020,  the European Parliament adopted the regulation on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment[1] (the Taxonomy Regulation), a milestone in the EU’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance (the Action Plan). It has since been published in the Official Journal and entered into force on 12 July 2020. The EU-wide green taxonomy set out … Read more

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE IN HONG KONG: HKMA SHARES INITIAL THINKING ON SUPERVISORY APPROACH AND RANGE OF PRACTICES BY BANKS

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has recently published its White Paper on Green and Sustainable Banking, as well as a circular to share a range of practices adopted by major authorised institutions (AIs) for managing climate risks (7 July Circular). These form part of a series of initiatives by the HKMA that are intended to help shape a greener and more climate-resilient banking system. … Read more

CLIMATE CHANGE: SUCCEED IN A LOWER-CARBON FUTURE

In a 2019 global survey, 1,250 CEOs rated environmental / climate change risk the single biggest threat to business growth.1 The race is on for businesses to understand their environmental impact and to manage the legal risks to succeed in a lower-carbon future. Our report, which gathers insights from our global experts, considers the political, … Read more