PwC UK’s annual 2022 Sustainability Supplier Forum focused on the role that technology and innovation can play in achieving net zero ambitions.
The time is now to take decisive and impactful action in order to combat the increasingly concerning climate crisis. The IPCC published their 6th assessment report on mitigation in February 2022. Whilst we know there are going to be significant impacts that we are going to have to deal with, this report highlights that without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C will be beyond our reach, so we must increase the pace and scale of climate action and specifically target halving emissions globally by 2030. According to the International Energy Agency, in 2050 almost half of the reductions will come from technologies that are currently at the demonstration or prototype phase. With the launch of the PwC Future50 report, and the growth in climate tech start-ups, 2022 is the year to consider how we embrace technology to accelerate the transition to net zero.
At PwC, we’ve been carbon neutral since 2007 and made great progress in reducing our carbon footprint and decoupling it from business growth. In September 2020, the PwC global network announced a worldwide science-based commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. A key element of this commitment is advocating net zero beyond our own operations, by supporting our clients and suppliers to reduce their emissions. This is important because as a professional services firm, the emissions from our own operations are relatively low whilst those of our suppliers are many times bigger. That’s why our long standing Supply Chain Sustainability programme is designed to drive down carbon emissions from our supply chain through engagement, collaboration and innovation.
"We cannot ignore that we have only a small time bound window for action to resolve the climate crisis and we need to come together to do everything we can to solve this collective problem."
Our 2021 supplier forum looked at how to transform business and move from net zero ambition to action. It covered some of the key building blocks of net zero transformation: ambition, strategy and supply chains.
This year, building on the net zero foundations laid down at previous supplier forums, we made a shift from the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ of net zero, towards the ‘how’. The forum focused on the growing area of climate technology, and the role that innovative technology can play in decarbonising the economy.
The packed agenda featured a combination of PwC climate specialists and third party speakers, including a showcase from four start-ups featured in the PwC Future50 report and representatives from PwC UK’s Corporate Sustainability team and Sustainability and Climate Change team.