Sustainability & climate change publications

Enabling a sustainable Fourth Industrial Revolution

G20 countries can create the conditions for emerging technologies to benefit people and the planet
[27-06-2017]


Innovation for the Earth: Harnessing technological breakthroughs for people and the planet

PwC report launched at Davos 2017 on emerging technological innovations and how they can be harnessed for the planet.
[17-01-2016]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2016

The Paris Agreement: A turning point? Tracking the progress G20 countries have made to decarbonise their economies since 2000.
[01-10-2016]


Carbon markets after Paris - ramping up

PwC produced the 2016 survey of carbon market participants for the International Emission Trading Association (IETA).
[24-05-2016]


Making the connection

Working towards a thriving society in a thriving environment is in the best interests of business and its success. Understanding the relationship between government, society and business is fundamental.
[09-05-2016]


Global Economy Watch

View our latest economic projections for the leading economies, including trends and issues affecting the global economy.
[01-04-2016]


UK Economic Outlook

Highlights and key messages for business and public policy, consumer spending growth and regional imbalances.
[09-03-2016]


Power and Renewables Deals: 2016 outlook and 2015 review

Welcome to our 2016 Power and Renewables Deals outlook. It is the latest in our annual series in which we look at mergers and acquisitions activity in the power utilities sector.
[25-01-2016]


19th Annual Global CEO Survey - UK insights

Our 2016 global CEO survey shows that UK CEOs are holding their nerve in the face of an uncertain world, taking a longer-term view on growth and planning to hire more people than their European peers.
[18-01-2016]


A climate of change: ClimateWise Independent Review 2015

ClimateWise is a growing global network of over 30 leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers and industry service providers with a shared commitment to reduce the impact of climate change on both society and the insurance industry. PwC are the independent reviewer.
[04-12-2015]


Banking and Banana Skins 2015

Banking Banana Skins, sponsored by PwC and conducted by the CSFI, explores what risks bankers face in the current climate and how they prioritise them.
[07-12-2015]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
[15-10-2015]


Systems Thinking: Thinking differently together

Business must apply systems thinking to thrive in a changing climate and resource constrained world.
[18-08-2015]


What happens to business and civil society beyond two degrees of warming?

Views of Latin American CEOs on sustainability priorities and challenges.
[29-03-2015]


Latin American CEO survey on sustainable development

Views of Latin American CEOs on sustainability priorities and challenges.
[29-11-2014]


Ending deforestation: REDD+ CGF = Ø Deforestation

130 governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests on 23 September 2014. They have pledged to halve forest loss by 2020 and to end it a decade later in 2030.
[13-11-2014]


Progress in the G20

The league table shows the extent to which G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
[02-09-2014]


The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index Report

The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index Report
[02-09-2014]


What it will take to decarbonise the economy

Progress is slow when it comes to decarbonising the G20 countries – what are the challenges they face?
[02-09-2014]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 | 2 degrees of separation: ambition and reality

The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
[02-09-2014]


Pathway to a low carbon economy

Our model shows that the global economy needs to cut its carbon intensity by 6.2% a year, every year to 2100.
[02-09-2014]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 | Heading for 4 degrees, pledging for 3, talking about 2

Heading for 4oC, pledging for 3oC, talking about 2oC – How fast do the G7 & E7 need to decarbonise?
[02-09-2014]


State of the renewable industry

Our analysis of investment trends 2010-2013 in the UK renewable energy sector investment and forecasting required expenditure for 2020 targets.
[01-06-2014]


Future of Carbon Markets – 2015 Report

The 2015 survey of carbon market participants, produced by PwC UK’s Sustainability & Climate Change team for the International Emission Trading Association (IETA) will be launched on 26 May 2015 at Carbon Expo in Cologne. The last 12 months have seen a number of hot topics of conversation related to emissions trading which drive the report content. These include the potential form of an agreement in Paris, the release of INDCs, the bilateral US-China agreement and the recent announcements of new markets such as Ontario and Washington State.
[28-05-2014]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2016

The Paris Agreement: A turning point? Tracking the progress G20 countries have made to decarbonise their economies since 2000.
[01-10-2016]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
[15-10-2015]


Progress in the G20

The league table shows the extent to which G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
[02-09-2014]


The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index Report

The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index Report
[02-09-2014]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 | Heading for 4 degrees, pledging for 3, talking about 2

Heading for 4oC, pledging for 3oC, talking about 2oC – How fast do the G7 & E7 need to decarbonise?
[02-09-2014]


What it will take to decarbonise the economy

Progress is slow when it comes to decarbonising the G20 countries – what are the challenges they face?
[02-09-2014]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2014 | 2 degrees of separation: ambition and reality

The 6th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.
[02-09-2014]


Pathway to a low carbon economy

Our model shows that the global economy needs to cut its carbon intensity by 6.2% a year, every year to 2100.
[02-09-2014]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2013: Carbon budget gone by 2034?

Jonathan Grant will take you through an overview of the significant findings of this year's Low Carbon Economy Index.
[28-10-2013]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2013: Progress in G20

The range of carbon intensity across the G20 suggests that there is tremendous scope for reductions. The most carbon intensive country, Saudi Arabia, has a carbon intensity five times that of France, which has the lowest carbon intensity.
[28-10-2013]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2013: Busting the carbon budget

For the fifth year running we have examined the rate of decarbonisation in the G20 in our Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI). And it's not good reading.
[28-10-2013]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2013: Unimplemented wedges

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and others have identified three broad technology ‘wedges’ to reduce energy-related emissions.
[28-10-2013]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2013: Pathway to a low carbon economy

In 2008, when we first started the LCEI, we calculated that to maintain growth without exceeding two degrees of warming, the G20 needed to improve its carbon intensity at 3.5% per year.
[28-10-2013]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2013: Improbable, but possible?

A globalised, agile market means that carbon emissions will find ways into the atmosphere through paths of least resistance, whether it is in a more relaxed regulatory environment or through the interaction of commodity prices. Fossil fuel reserves remain vast, and currently the carbon is more valuable out of the ground than under it. Fracking technology has just increased the access to carbon. CCS is needed at scale if fossil fuels extraction is to continue.
[28-10-2013]


The fleet effect: The economic benefits of adopting a fleet approach to nuclear new build in the UK

The economic benefits of adopting a fleet approach to nuclear new build in the UK.
[22-09-2013]


International Emissions Trading Association’s (IETA) 8th greenhouse gas market sentiment survey 2013

In the 2013 edition of the IETA survey, IETA members reflect on recent developments in the carbon markets.
[23-05-2013]


A sustainable future for aviation

Aviation emissions regulation could be determined in less than 12 months
[05-12-2012]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Business challenges

We look at the challenges facing businesses when is comes to carbon emissions, including reducing emissions, shale gas and economic growth and deforestation.
[31-10-2012]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Overview

Overview, including video of our low carbon economy index. The annual Low Carbon Economy Index centres on one core statistic: the rate of change of global carbon intensity. This year we estimated that the required improvement in global carbon intensity to meet a two degrees centigrade warming target has risen to 5.1% a year, from now to 2050.
[31-10-2012]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Progress in 2011

We give our overview of countries decarbonisation in the last year, major EU economies top our league table of countries with the highest rate of decarbonisation, with UK, Germany and France all reducing carbon intensity by over 6% in 2010-2011.
[31-10-2012]


Low Carbon Economy Index 2012 | Too late for two degrees?

Are G20 economies making progress in reducing carbon emissions levels? Can the world limit warming to 2oC?
[31-10-2012]


International Emissions Trading Association’s (IETA) 7th greenhouse gas market sentiment survey

IETA’s 2012 GHG Market Survey provides an important barometer of carbon market and climate finance opinion.
[28-05-2012]


Responsible investment: creating value from environmental, social and governance issues

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the PE industry are increasingly in the spotlight. But many PE houses are struggling with how to demonstrate the value of their ESG activity.
[27-02-2012]


IETA’s sixth GHG Market Sentiment Survey

IETA’s sixth GHG Market Sentiment Survey
[03-06-2011]


Climate Principles progress review January 2011

Whilst progress in climate change negotiations has been slow, six financial institutions with combined assets of US$8.0 trillion are leading the drive towards a low carbon economy.
[14-02-2011]


Low Carbon Economy Index: comparing the G20

Low Carbon Economy Index: comparing the G20
[14-12-2010]


IETA's fifth GHG Market Sentiment Survey

Introduction to IETA’s fifth GHG Market Sentiment Survey
[27-05-2010]


Ending deforestation: REDD+ CGF = Ø Deforestation

130 governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples’ organisations endorsed the New York Declaration on Forests on 23 September 2014. They have pledged to halve forest loss by 2020 and to end it a decade later in 2030.
[13-11-2014]


State of the renewable industry

Our analysis of investment trends 2010-2013 in the UK renewable energy sector investment and forecasting required expenditure for 2020 targets.
[01-06-2014]


At the crossroads: the future of the UK energy retail market

A new energy strategy will rebuild trust; help consumers reduce energy usage; price competitively, create a low carbon future, ensure a fair return.
[11-05-2014]


Power & Renewables Deals - 2014 outlook and 2013 review

Deal momentum in the power and renewables sector shifts to an upward trend in 2014
[26-01-2014]


International threats and opportunities of climate change for the UK

Climate change impacts internationally may represent threats to UK potentially greater than domestic impacts. Our report looked at the coincidence of UK interests, projected climate impacts and resilience to climate change in order to map potential ‘hot spots’ and identify priority countries. We developed a series of indicators to assess a range of interests and used the criteria from the UK’s national Climate Change Risk Assessment in order to quantify potential threats and opportunities.
[16-06-2013]


International Emissions Trading Association’s (IETA) 8th greenhouse gas market sentiment survey 2013

In the 2013 edition of the IETA survey, IETA members reflect on recent developments in the carbon markets.
[23-05-2013]


Making the best decisions in an asset intensive business

Data is key for the effective management of any business as well as intrinsic to its overall strategy. Over time with progress in technology, systems, recording of information and automation, data can easily degrade in quality or become lost or incomplete.
[04-12-2012]


Living longer and spending less

Gaining better insight into the value and cost of your assets.
[04-12-2012]


Enterprise Asset Management | Managing assets effectively and efficiently

Enterprise asset management (EAM) related spend can be as much as 40% of the overall cost for an asset-intensive organisation. Improvement of asset performance and reduction in asset-related costs are critical challenges, and for those who get it right, is a source of significant value and advantage in the eyes of the regulator and ultimately the consumer.
[04-12-2012]


Responsible investment: creating value from environmental, social and governance issues

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the PE industry are increasingly in the spotlight. But many PE houses are struggling with how to demonstrate the value of their ESG activity.
[27-02-2012]


Material gains in sustainability: the business case for the construction products sector

Much of the industry sees sustainable construction as an opportunity, according to the evidence from this survey which was completed at the depths of the recent downturn. Key findings from this comprehensive survey showed that whilst 91% recognise the growing importance of green credentials for products, only 40% have done any carbon foot printing. A third considered sustainability as important to their business as supply chain security, energy costs, regulation and skills.
[22-09-2011]


Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation

Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation
[25-05-2011]


Bio-Positive - Sustainable Strategies for Growth

Bio-positive, a briefing paper prepared by PwC for the World Economic Forum (WEF) looks at biodiversity loss, and the risks and opportunities for companies in five separate industry sectors
[17-03-2011]


National REDD+ funding frameworks and achieving REDD+ readiness - findings from consultation

National REDD+ funding frameworks and achieving REDD+ readiness - findings from consultation
[26-11-2010]


Habitat banking feasible for Latin America and the Caribbean

Habitat banking feasible for Latin America and the Caribbean
[05-11-2010]


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