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100 days on from COP21 Jonathan Grant looks at what’s changed for business. Like a Rorschach test*, or ink blot test, asking someone about the Paris Agreement often tells you more about the person than the climate deal. The reaction to the Agreement has ranged from over the top hyperbole... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Sustainability
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The Paris Agreement was adopted on Saturday night to a standing ovation. Jonathan Grant and others in the PwC UK team briefly consider the implications of the deal for business and outline some of the main aspects of the agreement. Reality check on the Paris Agreement To a standing ovation... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Sustainability
Jonathan Grant gives his reaction to the climate talks which took place in Bonn this week. Progress is being made on both process and substance as countries edge towards a deal in Paris. The co-chairs, along with their new drafting committee, will be able to move things forward faster between... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at Sustainability
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China is expected to announce its emissions target or INDC later this month, so Jonathan Grant and Rob Milnes reflect on the progress it has made since 2000 to lower the carbon intensity of its economy. Rapid GDP growth has flattered China’s carbon intensity and it is now looking to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Sustainability
Jonathan Grant examines the significance of the G7 pledges in the context of the Bonn climate negotiations, as we edge slowly towards a global climate deal in Paris. It's encouraging that there has been so much emphasis on climate change at the G7 meeting. The G7 call for an ambitious... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Sustainability
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Japan’s Prime Minister Abe announced their emissions target last week commenting that it was as ambitious as other national targets. Jonathan Grant and George Gale compared their target with the EU and US. Japan will reduce emissions by 26% on 2013 levels by 2030 [1]. Nuclear power is an important... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Sustainability
Governments meet in Bonn at the beginning of June for the next round of formal climate negotiations. Jonathan Grant gives a preview. They will start where they left off in Geneva in February with an 84-page text that is a long wish list containing nearly all possible options for the... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Sustainability
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Since it successfully managed the post-Copenhagen salvage operation at COP16, Mexico has made great strides in implementing climate policy. It has had less success in reducing its carbon intensity. So the emissions target Mexico proposed earlier this year appears really ambitious and implies a significant shift in policy and regulation... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Sustainability
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Canada proposed to cut its emissions by 30% on 2005 levels by 2030 in its submission to the UN late last week. Jonathan Grant and George Gale looked at the numbers. Contrary to other commentary, our Low Carbon Economy Index model shows that Canada’s target is more ambitious than the... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Sustainability
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Assessing countries’ relative level of ambition or effort will be a critical political issue this year. So how does the US target of a 26-28% reduction on 2005 levels compare with the EU’s target of a 40% reduction on 1990 levels? Jonathan Grant and Rob Milnes looked at the numbers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Sustainability
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The EU's Environment Council announced its 'Intended Nationally Determined Contribution' or emissions target in early March. It will require a step change in decarbonisation according to analysis by Jonathan Grant and Rob Milnes. The EU committed to at least a 40% reduction in emissions on 1990 levels by 2030. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Sustainability
Having asked in January if CEOs care about the climate, several CEOs waded into the debate in February. Jonathan Grant looks at where they agree and disagree. Paul Polman (Unilever) and Richard Branson (Virgin Group) called for governments to adopt the ambitious target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Sustainability
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