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COP26: acting together on climate

What's the role of the accountancy profession?

The UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow will bring together countries from around the world to accelerate moves to tackle the climate crisis. Time is running out to take action, and ICAEW and its global community of members are driving the change to protect the environment for future generations. Are you professionally ready to mitigate the risk and maximise the opportunity of climate change? Find inspiration, information and practical resources to support the goals of COP26 and explore why it represents a critical time for the profession.

 

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Leadership  |  Adaptation  |  Emissions reduction
Collaboration  |  Climate finance

Leadership

Article

Sustainability: changing behaviours through changing priorities

  • Article
  • 21 Sep 2021
Embedding sustainability into a business – even in a fledgling way – is, of course, to be celebrated. But that is no longer enough.
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Article

Sustainability reporting: an enabler of company value creation

  • Article
  • 10 Aug 2021
Leadership in sustainability is directly linked to a company’s ability to create enduring value and build long-term resilience. Transparent reporting that is authentic to how the business is run can inspire trust and enhance enterprise value.
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Article

Accountants sit in pole position for race to net zero

  • Article
  • 13 Jul 2021
CFOs from top UK companies define the paramount role finance professionals play in the race to net zero. With the Prince of Wales placing accountants ‘at the very heart of the transition’.
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Campaign

1,000 Chartered Accountants

  • Event
  • 13 Jul 2021
Many accountancy organisations have made or are making commitments to reduce their impact on climate change - we want to know who you are and help you sign up to the Race to Zero.
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Adaptation

Climate crisis
Accountancy’s role in fighting the climate crisis

The UN’s COP26 climate summit demands far more than warm words; world leaders must explain how they will curb emissions and prepare their countries to cope with all the risks the climate crisis will bring. Accountants have a pivotal role to play over the next decade and beyond.

Business climate change
Adapting to the climate crisis: Turning risky business into opportunity

Many businesses aspire to meet net-zero carbon emissions in the future, but the changing climate is already reshaping the way some are operating today. We speak to companies adapting their business models.

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How to get started with measuring sustainability

Richard Carter worked in finance and sustainability a decade ago. He explains how the two can work together and how to get started.

Emissions reduction

Video

Are you ready for the transition towards net-zero carbon emissions?

  • Article
  • 03 Dec 2020
As the world moves to more sustainable sources of energy, Dr Angela Wilkinson of the World Energy Council sets out how businesses can adapt, and the impact of COVID-19 on the energy transition needed.
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Article

Towards a smarter, more flexible energy system for GB

  • Article
  • 26 Aug 2021
In this sponsored article, Smart Energy GB urges businesses to install smart meters to help control their energy costs and better manage supply and demand as we move towards a more sustainable future.
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Collaboration

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Survey

ICAEW seeks your views on climate change globally

  • Article
  • 21 Sep 2021
ICAEW has launched a survey of our international members to ask their views on climate change. Mark Billington, Managing Director, International, explains why we need your feedback.
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Climate finance

Article

Issuers, investors and the planet: abundantly served

  • Article
  • 11 Aug 2021
An FCA-regulated crowdfunding platform that enables the public and others to invest directly – even as little as £5 – in opportunities they care about has to be good for everyone.
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Article

How to assess the sustainable value of investments

  • Article
  • 04 May 2021
Triodos has been in the business of green banking for 40 years. Its UK CEO explains how it weighs up environmental and financial risk.
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Article

Green savings: an opportunity to clean up?

  • Article
  • 04 Mar 2021
5 March 2021: For those wanting to green their personal finances, this Budget offers new ways to put your money to work for the benefit of the planet. ICAEW’s Philippa Kelly highlights what savers and investors might want to look out for.
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Article

Green finance: international co-operation for a better world

  • Article
  • 02 Mar 2021
3 March 2021: At a Cyprus green finance conference co-organised by ICAEW, finance, sustainability and political leaders discussed what needs to happen to ensure that COVID-19 recovery delivers lasting improvement.
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