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OPINION: Good growth - does the world get it ?

I was travelling on a business trip recently when reactions to US President Obama's climate action plan began to filter through. Those reactions - positive and negative - underlined one important point for me - the gap in our definitions of growth and recovery. Travelling between locations as diverse as... [more]…

FEATURE: China’s carbon market, the case for trial and error

China recently announced details of its first carbon trading scheme. Allan Zhang, a specialist in Chinese green policies in PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team examines what might be learned from the pilot. China’s carbon trading system ... [more]…

OPINION: Our view of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development annual council meeting

There was a buzz among delegates to this month’s World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) annual council meeting and the topic was resilience, planetary boundaries, and the urgent actions businesses must take now to set the world on a more likely path towards a sustainable future. Each year the... [more]…

FEATURE: PwC Low Carbon Economy Index - your comments

This year’s PwC Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) has generated plenty of comments and questions. Here's a selection of them. From Christiana Figueres “Ahead of COP18, PwC points to urgent need to raise global level of ambition to curb GHG emissions” Using our LCEI model, we will estimate the absolute... [more]…

FEATURE: PwC Low Carbon Economy Index - Behind the numbers

For four years, Lit Ping Low, an economist in PwC’s sustainability and climate change team in London, has crunched the numbers with colleagues for the PwC’s Low Carbon Economy Index. She reflects on the latest results and analysis. When we started the first Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) in 2009,... [more]…

OPINION: Storm clouds looming for business & climate change?

By Jonathan Grant and Malcolm Preston, PwC Sustainability & Climate Change. The current economic conditions have been described by PwC’s UK economic analysts as the ‘new normal’. Put climate change in the mix, and we’d better get used to 'business as unusual.' The current economic conditions have been described by... [more]…

FEATURE: Does Rio need a new corporate report card?

One of the issues for most businesses is that they are trying to solve problems of the future using models of how we do business that we came up with last century. That’s going to have to change says Alan McGill, a specialist in corporate reporting, in the Rio+20 team.... [more]…

OPINION: Reflections on the Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio

Gus Schellekens reflects on the close of the Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio. Monday 18th June marked the close of the Corporate Sustainability Forum at the Rio+20 talks. Following reflections from the Queen of Sweden on the last 40 years and challenges by a teenager from New Zealand on the... [more]…

OPINION: Have we got a business case for Rio?

Malcolm Preston previews Business Day at Rio+20. We can’t talk about sustainable development in a resource constrained world when all resource usage and consumption is driven by business. Without business there is no consumption. Business has been accused of not being specific enough with government about what they want in... [more]…

NEWS: Rio+20 - Seven out of ten CEOs would take action on global sustainability challenges

Malcolm Preston, PwC’s global sustainability and climate change leader, reflects on the results of a PwC poll which asked CEOs how important sustainable development is now and in the future, and what they're expecting from Rio+20. With less than a month to go to the landmark Rio+20 United Nations Conference... [more]…

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