Enhancing the Credibility of Corporate Climate Pledges – Bringing Climate Transition Plans and Climate Scenario Analysis into the Mainstream
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In the face of the increasing frequency of climate change-related natural hazards and the resulting losses across the globe, companies are recognizing the importance of addressing climate-related risks and opportunities and taking timely actions to cope with them. While numerous large companies have committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050 or earlier, stakeholders are increasingly demanding greater transparency and credibility from these commitments. In response to a growing call for standardized, consistent disclosures that are essential for assessing corporate exposure to, and preparation for, climate change, the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) released Climate-Related Disclosures in June 2023, based on well-established recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The ISSB standards are expected to be adopted by many countries as mandatory requirements for large companies. Specifically, disclosing GHG emissions data, including Scope 3 emissions in absolute amounts (excluding carbon credits), along with emissions reduction targets and a credible climate transition plan (road map), will become a crucial step for companies in demonstrating their unwavering commitment to their pledges. Additionally, conducting resilience assessments through climate scenario analysis is an essential component of corporate strategy. Corporate climate-related disclosures are evolving into an integral part of business strategies aimed at enhancing corporate value and gaining a competitive edge. We shed light on identifying climate risks and opportunities and assessing their impacts, developing climate transition plans, and conducting climate scenario analyses.
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