Fit for 55 – European Commission publishes its proposal for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (EU CBAM)

On 14 July 2021, the European Commission (the Commission) published its proposed regulation which would establish a carbon border adjustment mechanism (EU CBAM) (the Regulation), and is intended to come into effect, subject to transitional provisions, from 1 January 2023. The Regulation would require importers of certain goods to purchase a number of electronic certificates, … Read more

A look at the new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements

On 1 July 2021, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced plans to introduce new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDRs). These represent additional disclosure requirements to those required by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework. What are SDRs? The government’s announcement indicates that the new SDR regime would apply to companies, pension schemes … Read more

London Climate Action Week – 26 June to 4 July 2021

We are proud to be a part of London Climate Action Week 2021 (LCAW), the annual event bringing together world-leading climate professionals and communities across London and beyond to find practical solutions to climate change. Founded in 2019, LCAW is the largest independent climate change event in Europe, helping to shape our future into one that is … Read more

Bank of England launches Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario

On Tuesday 8 June, the Bank of England launched its Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario (BES), a stress-testing exercise on the financial risks from climate change. While the regulator’s rhetoric may sound like a call to arms, the BES hopes to understand the issues the financial system faces to ensure that real change is effected by … Read more

Corporate reporting – BEIS consultation on climate-related disclosures by publicly quoted companies, large private companies and LLPs

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a consultation on mandatory climate-related disclosures by publicly quoted companies, large private companies and limited liability partnerships (LLPs). Context of the proposed mandatory disclosure requirements The UK Government aims under its 2019 Green Finance Strategy for all listed companies and large asset owners to make disclosures … Read more

Climate change, decarbonisation, net zero – a glimpse into the 2021 Budget

The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered the 2021 Budget to the UK Parliament on 3 March 2021. The budget delivered includes a package of related policy documents, some of which relate to planned commitments to tackle climate change and achieve the Government’s net zero by 2050 ambition. Two of the more interesting aspects of this budget … Read more

Climate-related disclosures for issuers: further steps towards mandatory requirements?

In November 2020, the UK Joint Government Regulator TCFD Taskforce published its “roadmap towards mandatory climate-related disclosures”, which set out a vision for the next five years. As an initial step towards fulfilling that vision, in January 2021, the new Listing Rule 9.8.6(8) (LR) came into force. The LR requires premium-listed issuers, in their periodic … Read more

UK’s Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy: one step closer to net zero?

On the 17 March 2021, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a comprehensive 175 page decarbonisation strategy placing the industrial sector at the core of the UK’s ambition to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy, which BEIS describes as the “world’s first” to set a specific vision for a low-carbon … Read more

ESMA final report on Article 8 of the EU Taxonomy Regulation

On 1 March 2021 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its Final Report on advice under Article 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation. The Final Report outlines the information that non-financial undertakings and asset managers need to provide to comply with their disclosure obligations under the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). The Taxonomy Regulation came into force on 12 July 2020, … Read more