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ICAEW Climate Summit

18-22 October 2021

A five-day virtual summit of events, videos, podcasts and articles to help chartered accountants act on climate. This is the first such summit bringing ICAEW members from across the profession together on the issue of climate change.

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This digital event looking at climate change now and into the future is free for ICAEW members, students and the ICAEW Sustainability and Climate Change Community. Non-members are able to attend by joining the Sustainability and Climate Change Community, for more information please click here

The programme covers areas from governance and disclosure to personal leadership. Alongside a live sessions each day, we have a whole host of supporting content to ensure you gain practical insights to build a more resilient future.

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The programme

18 October 2021 - Climate disclosure

The Trouble with Scenarios
The TCFD believes that scenario analysis is an important tool for organisations to utilise when assessing the potential business implications of climate-related risks and opportunities. In this session, chaired by Lois Guthrie from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, we will discuss with our panellists how we can assist organisations with gaining the confidence to sign off on this analysis and how to use an interpretive lens to bridge the gap between organisation and investor perspectives. How can businesses use disclosure to tell their story? Joining the panel are Tristan Stanley, BHP; Christophe McGlade, IEA and Lydia Rainforth, Barclays.
Navigating TCFD: are you prepared?
Join this session with KPMG for an in-depth discussion and roadmap on integrating climate disclosures into reporting using the TCFD recommendations. Learn about the climate disclosures that are decision-useful for external stakeholders and how these flow into back-half reporting. What parts of the TCFD recommendations are hard to implement and why? Why is the Finance function core to the implementation of a climate strategy? Joining the session are Bridget Beals who is Partner in KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team, and Helena Watson, KPMG. The session will be chaired by Alison Ring, Director Public Sector, ICAEW.
Accountability and the Paris Agreement
Meeting the net zero emissions goals by 2050 will require businesses to actively reduce their carbon emissions now. To demonstrate action, investors are demanding Paris-aligned financial statements. Join the panel as we discuss potential options and what could be included. How can the financial statements promote accountability and behavioural change? What types of emissions should be included, and what about wider environmental impacts? Joining the session are Asif Chowdhury, EY; Sundip Jadeja, CDSB; Richard Murphy, Sheffield University and Natasha Landell-Mills, Sarasin & Partners.

19 October 2021 - Climate governance

Boardroom blind spots: are you addressing climate risk?
Has your board started to prepare for the risks of climate change? Do you have the information you need to make the right decisions? Companies need to embed climate plans into core business strategy. Join us for an interactive Q&A to get practical advice for the boardroom on your climate related questions. This session will be chaired by Iain Wright, Managing Director, Reputation and Influence at ICAEW, the panel will include Julie Baddeley, Chair of the Chapter Zero Board and Alan Stewart, NED and Audit Committee Chair at Diageo plc.
PD Leake lecture: Accounting in the Anthropocene
This year’s lecture considers the role for accountants in a time when human activity is having a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems. Professor Bebbington will examine whether a new way of looking at these issues will mean that they can be addressed more effectively and how the institution of accountancy will need to adapt to do that.

20 October 2021 - Climate finance

Integrating sustainable finance
Join this session to learn how Aviva is integrating sustainable finance into their business, building climate risk into risk management, and encouraging others to do the same. Discover how biodiversity feeds into investment and underwriting, followed by an innovative discussion on developments in the SDGs and technology from David Marriage, as well as key insights from Jonathan Drew at HSBC Hong Kong Kong, Richard Spencer, ICAEW, and Ben Carr from Aviva. The session will be chaired by Zsuszanna Schiff, Technical Manager, ICAEW.

21 October 2021 - Climate for SMEs

How to get started on your journey to net-zero
Join this session to discover practical insights for those that work in or advise SMEs on how they can start decarbonising their organisations. Hear from Sam Lux, BEIS, who will discuss the government’s focus on SMEs, including the resources in the SME Climate Hub. Scott Johnson from Kung Fu Accounting will provide a member perspective and touch on what an accounting b-corp means. Fflus Lawton, from Smart Energy, will present why energy efficiency is a major consideration for business. Finally, Mark Sait, from SaveMoneyCutCarbon, will delve into what they can offer businesses working towards net zero and the practical support they provide. The session will be chaired by Sarah Reay, Sustainability Team, ICAEW.

22 October 2021 - Climate leadership

Greening your finances
Often when we think of the term green finance it is associated with what a business is doing. This interactive session will help you understand how to take leadership in greening your personal finances, considering where your pension fund is held and personal investments that you can make. India White-Spunner and Ajay Johal, from Ruffer, will deliver an introductory keynote, followed by a panel discussion with: Bruce Davis, Founder and Managing Director of Abundance Investment; David Hayman, Campaign Director from Make My Money Matter; and James Robinson, Chartered Financial Planner from Mazars Financial Planning. The session will be chaired by John Gaskell, Head of Personal Financial Planning, ICAEW.
Climate skills and education
If you are newly qualified or been in a chartered accountant for many years, ESG work is moving up the agenda in all businesses. This session will showcase what training and skills programmes ICAEW, CDSB and academics have to offer in this field. Joining the session are Professor Jan Bebbington, Director of the Pentland Centre, Lancaster University and Gemma Clements, Project Manager at the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and Rosie Dunscombe, Technical Lead, Climate Change, ICAEW. The session will be chaired by Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S).
Careers in climate
Are you looking to embark on an ESG or climate career? Whether you're a student looking to start your career, or a well-seasoned professional interested in making a change, join this live session to hear about each of our speakers' professional journeys and the skills needed to tackle climate change. Panellists include Mark Jerome, Head of Internal Audit at Green Climate Fund, Josh Hasdell, KPMG Canada, and Riona Bowhay, Assistant Manager on KPMG’s Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy team.

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Further resources

The sea The role of business in delivering the UK's Net Zero ambition
  • Webinar
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:20 BST

Join Emily Farnworth, who led the World Economic Forum's work on Climate Governance, in conversation with Chris Stark, as they explore business' role in delivering the UK's Net Zero ambition and the 6th Carbon Budget.

Canyon More Than a Number - profiting from the planet
  • Webinar
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:23 BST

This session considers how the challenges businesses are currently facing because of the pandemic can also present an opportunity to rebuild business for a new sustainable economy.

Forest ICAEW GCSEA launch of Our planet: too big to fail
  • Event
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:24 BST

Join the virtual launch of our second instalment of the widely successful "Our Planet" series. Hear what our panel of experts have to say about how we can play our part in saving our planet Earth.

Palm leaves Charting economic recovery to integrate green financing
  • Webinar
  • 07 Jun 2021
  • 00:00 - 14:21 BST

Can recovery packages and measures reset the global economy to address climate change or will we resume existing practices locked into an autopilot of destructive behaviour? Can we turn this crisis into a positive opportunity that will benefit us and generations to come?

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There will be an array of experts from various organisations joining each of the summit's live sessions. Meet all our speakers

Fflur Lawton
Fflur Lawton Head of Public Affairs, Smart Energy GB

Fflur heads up the public affairs work of Smart Energy GB across Great Britain. She is responsible for stakeholder and politician engagement, and is a regular public and media spokesperson. A fluent Welsh speaker, she started her career working in the third sector developing environmental projects with communities across Wales.

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James Robinson Chartered Financial Planner, Mazars Financial Planning Ltd

James is a Chartered Financial Planner. He was named one of the “Top 35 Next Generation Advisers” by Citywire Magazine in 2017 and 2018, and runner up in the FT’s Money Management Award for Multi-Asset Planner of the year 2018. His focus is building lasting relationships with clients, piecing together previously disparate circumstances to maximise family wealth and meet clients’ objectives.

Mark Sait
Mark Sait CEO & Co-Founder, SaveMoneyCutCarbon

Mark Sait is known for his pragmatic approach to sustainability. His experience is in identifying and starting businesses that simplify fragmented markets to help move new technologies/solutions into the mainstream. SaveMoneyCutCarbon is his latest venture and is recognised as the “go to people for homes and organisations that want to reduce their energy and water bills”.

Ready for climate change?

Climate change, or the climate emergency is an issue that is defining our time. Are you professionally ready to mitigate the risk and maximise the opportunity of climate change? We at ICAEW are committed to enabling our members and the broader profession to respond to these challenges. Find resources, information and inspiration on the ICAEW Climate Hub. The time for business to act is now.

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