COP26: A time for action Locked

COP26 is anticipated to be the most important Conference of the Parties since Paris in 2015. Nick Cottam investigates what’s at stake and the four goals that will define its success, or failure.

Global, UK

Investors require ‘proof over promises’ on ESG Locked

Environment Analyst presents a summary of our latest Sustainability Delivery Group (SDG) roundtable discussing investor priorities on ESG analysis and systemic action on climate change

Global, UK

Buro Happold acquires US sustainability consultancy Paladino Locked

Acquisition continues British firm’s expansion in North America

Global, North America, UK, United States

Companies struggling with sustainability disclosure, finds Sphera Locked

Research by the ESG specialist indicates that despite mounting investor and stakeholder pressure, many organisations are struggling with disclosing sustainability progress and there is a gap between their intent and implementation. 

Global

Sustainability and purpose are business leader priorities, says McKinsey Locked

Global, UK

Reinsurance industry underestimating climate risk, says S&P Global Locked

An empirical scenario analysis undertaken by international ratings agency S&P Global has indicated that the reinsurance industry could be underestimating its exposure to climate risk by 33-50%.

Global, North America

Food and agriculture industry faces steep climb to sustainability Locked

World Benchmarking Alliance study highlights sector leaders and laggards

Global

Fintech study finds ESG ‘unfit for purpose’  Locked

Report highlights significant potential for greenwashing in ESG investing and lack of impact where SDGs are concerned

Global, UK

Integrated development plan to transform cities in the global south Locked

Sustainable Cities Impact funded program unveiled by UNEP

Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Global, Latin America & Caribbean

Insight: Changing landscape accelerates demand for ESG solutions Locked

The market for ESG solutions is advancing at breakneck speed as are the societal, regulatory and disclosure pressures. EA looks at how the ESG ecosystem is developing, including the varying approaches of different types of service provider, and considers how the agenda may evolve again in response to COP26 

Europe, Global

Accenture and WEF test companies for ‘sustainability DNA’ Locked

Half the companies showed low scores on embedding sustainability in management practices 

Global

Arcadis commits to science-based net zero Locked

Plan includes offsetting, switch to renewable energy for global operations and reducing business travel

Europe, Global

BCG strengthens carbon pledges on lessons learned through CV-19 Locked

Boston Consulting Group has strengthened pledges made last year to achieve net zero by 2030 and from then to become climate positive. BCG is also expanding its dedicated climate and sustainability client support capabilities and investments.

Global

Oliver Wyman launches online decarbonisation tool Locked

The Climate Action Navigator platform offers a ‘one-stop shop of specific, actionable decarbonisation solutions’ for the public and private sector

Global, North America

Not enough G20 firms committing to science-based climate targets Locked

Pressure is mounting on companies to commit to more challenging carbon-cutting targets ahead of major international summits

Global

Expert Opinion: The journey to net zero for food & agriculture - beyond target-setting Locked

CRA Sustainability’s Christine Delivanis discusses the unique challenges and opportunities for the food and farming industry as climate plans progress to implementation, and the steps required to achieve measurable improvement on ghg emissions

Global

Ricardo E&E continues growth journey Locked

Group’s exposure to robust government spending programmes around the world, and technological capabilities born out of its automotive and energy heritage is yielding opportunities in the low carbon arena

Europe, Global, UK

What the low carbon economy transition means to ERM Locked

How the evolving needs of ERM’s key clients - particularly around the energy transition and decarbonisation - are informing the billion-dollar revenue global sustainability consultancy’s growth strategy and how its recent clutch of acquisitions are helping to meet those needs

Europe, Global, UK

Group of investment consultants launch global net zero initiative Locked

With $10tn of assets under advice, group commits to support the UN’s Race to Zero campaign

Global, UK

UK’s first green gilt raises £10bn Locked

Funding to benefit green projects across the UK; investor demand reached £100bn and far outstripped availability

Europe, Global, UK

Ramboll regains momentum through first half  Locked

Q2 sees organic growth surge ahead for Danish group

Europe, Global, North America, UK

Jacobs sells stake in Worley Locked

The US-based consultancy acquired a minority stake in Worley when it sold its energy, chemicals and resources division to the firm in 2019

Asia Pacific, Europe, Global, North America

SMEC to work on Australia’s largest solar farm Locked

The Melbourne-headquartered engineering and environmental consultancy has already helped to deliver 10GW of solar energy in Australia

Asia Pacific, Global

NV5 expands clean energy consulting capabilities Locked

Acquires San Francisco Bay-based Sage Renewable Energy Consulting

Global, North America

Ambisense raises €3m in funding round Locked

BGF leads funding campaign for Irish environmental data analytics firm

Europe, Global, UK

Study reveals circular economy’s role in nature protection Locked

A report from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF) has concluded that a circular economy can help halt and reverse biodiversity loss and support conservation efforts

Global, UK

NYSE creates asset class for nature-based companies Locked

The New York Stock Exchange has announced a new, nature-based asset class specialising in a novel form of corporation known as a Natural Asset Company (NAC).

Global, North America

Framework opens doors for nature-based solutions Locked

A new report from WWF claims to set out a “systemic enabling framework” for implementing, scaling up and mainstreaming nature-based solutions (NbS). 

Global

Expert Opinion: EFCG perspectives on fostering and maintaining an inclusive workplace

The New York-based Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) gives an overview based on its June 2021 DEI Workshop for business leaders and senior executives in the a/e/c industry

Global, North America

Companies adopt WEF’s stakeholder capitalism reporting metrics Locked

More than 50 companies have started incorporating the World Economic Forum’s Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics into their annual or sustainability reports since the initiative was launched in January 2020. 

Global