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In December, Governments meet in Paris to agree how to tackle climate change. The deal is expected to have far reaching implications, affecting energy, transport, industry, buildings and finance. It will change investment decisions made by companies and spending decisions made by consumers.

PwC's dialogue with private equity investors reveals growing interest in responsible investment, and finds a need to not only bridge the gap in understanding between investors and managers, but also to demonstrate the value

In the 6th year of LCEI, we face an unmistakeable trend in the data, which is that each year, the global economy has failed to decarbonise beyond business-as-usual, and that economic growth remains entwined with carbon. With each year of delay in addressing climate change, the decarbonisation challenge increases.

Welcome to the April 2014 edition of Global Green Policy Insights, your bimonthly update on the latest developments in environmental taxes, regulations and other green policies around the world.

The present study provides insight on these issues by analysing in depth a number of innovative urban development strategies aiming at sustaining a city’s development and competitive position over time.

Business success beyond the short term: CEO perspectives on sustainability

Sustainability is core to business success. It's not about how you spend the money you make, but how you make it. Resource scarcity and climate change, urbanisation and demographic changes consistently feature in the top three megatrends set to transform business, according to CEOs - hopefully in a positive way. Coupled with increasing CEO confidence in the global economy, will these opportunities translate not only into growth opportunities, but also sustainable business and good growth?

Our summary of the Warsaw Climate Change summit (COP19) suggests it left many feeling a transformative moment would be needed in 2014/15 to reach a meaningful global deal.
New EU targets for 2030 and a recent OECD report concluded that carbon taxes and trading schemes are the most economical ways of reducing emissions.
There is less emphasis generally on supporting renewables through feed-in tariffs it seems and also greater concern over pricing in that area.

Global Green Policy Insights (Dec 2013)

In this issue:

  • UN IPCC report on the physical scientific aspects of climate change
  • European Parliament approve cap on first generation biofuels, encourages advanced biofuels
  • Airline emissions target for ICAO mechanism with reformed EC proposals back on the table
  • OECD publishes environment policy paper titled 'Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies'

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2013

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. We’ve calculated that to maintain economic growth without exceeding two degrees of warming, the G20 needs to reduce its carbon intensity at 6% per year. But the 5 year trend shows we’ve only averaged 0.7% decarbonisation annually. Even doubling the current 0.7% rate of decarbonisation puts us on a path consistent with the most extreme scenario presented by the IPCC, and potential warming of around 4oC by 2100.

Global Green Policy Insights (Oct 2013)

In this issue:

  • China elevates environmental protection to a 'pillar industry'
  • UK focuses on shale gas, consulting on a proposed tax regime and announcing community benefits
  • Spain introduces energy market reforms further cutting renewable support
  • South Korea proposes carbon tax on fossil fuels and electricity
  • CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013 - What's driving climate change action in the world's largest companies?

Putting a price on value

The PwC Private Equity (PE) responsible investment survey shows there is more opportunity for value protection and creation through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issue management for the private equity industry.

Trade and Finance Summer 2013

Trade & Finance Summer 2013 deals with the topic of supply chains from different perspectives. The last chapter "Driving CO2 out of the supply chain and off retailers' shelves" is of particular interest from a Sustainability point of view.

Carbon Disclosure Project 2013

In both developed and emerging economies, the demand for growth is increasingly urgent. Growth is vital to lift people out of poverty and provide jobs and stability for restless populations. Delivering this in a carbon constrained, but paradoxically energy abundant world is a fundamental challenge. So far, there are few signs that either companies or countries have been able to decouple economic growth from carbon emissions growth.

Global Green Policy Insights (Aug 2013)

In this issue:

  • USA: President Obama delivers 'Climate Action Plan'
  • China launches first of seven pilot carbon markets
  • European Parliament backs short-term fix to EU ETS
  • Australia’s Prime Minister calls for early start to emissions trading

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2012

The annual PwC 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 2ºC warming target has risen to 5.1% a year, from now to 2050.

Electromobility Standards: Driving the Future

The German Federal Government has specified the objective of ensuring that Germany becomes the leading provider and leading market for electromobility. In this context, PwC prepared a study for "Determining the Medium- to Long-Term Standardization Requirement for Electromobility Based on Socio-Economic Developments".

Global Green Policy Insights (Jun 2013)

Green Policy Insights is a bimonthly update on the latest developments in environmental taxes, regulations, and other "green" policies around the world. Written by PwC specialists around the world, they provide timely updates on new tax incentives, credits, and policy issues of interest to multinational organisations.

How is the biotech industry faring in the current economic and scientific environment?

There's bad news and good: productivity's still low, and money scarce, but the industry's no longer trying to 'go it alone'. A growing number of biotech and pharma companies are joining forces to tackle the challenges they face with increasingly creative alliances with new partners and in new territories.

Sustainable packaging: myth or reality

Packaging and its role in our society has rarely been out of the headlines. Praised, criticised, minimised, redesigned – it is always there to spark a debate and divide opinions. From manufacturers to users, the entire packaged goods supply chain is subject to change, some incremental and some radical.