As we work through this challenging pandemic, Nick Blyth, IEMA Policy Lead shares with you some IEMA updates and activities of interest to members across our Climate Change and our Corporate Sustainability networks.
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As we work through this challenging pandemic, Nick Blyth, IEMA Policy Lead shares with you some IEMA updates and activities of interest to members across our Climate Change and our Corporate Sustainability networks.
 
#BuildBackBetter - 9 steps to being a Better Business in a post Covid world
 
On 22nd May, Mike Barry will be presenting his personal thought leadership for embedding change as we all emerge from this pandemic and asking, how can professionals help to develop new models for business and the economy? Ahead of this webinar, we are inviting members to share perspectives and questions to help shape this influential session.
 
Mike and I will also be joined in this panel discussion by Sarah Handley, Head of Sustainability & Environmental Governance for Siemens Energy Ltd and Dan Hamza Goodacre, COP26 Champions Team and climate philanthropy advisor.

Book your place today: 
Adapting to Covid-19 – #BuildBackBetter – critical insights to shape sustainable businesses and organisations ‘post Covid’
Friday 22nd May | 9:00am - 10:00am
If you want to help shape this seminal webinar with a question for Mike and the panel, you can email me in advance at n.blyth@iema.net.  

You can also read Mike’s article on this topic
here and post questions to him in advance through this channel.
 
Disruptive Tech and Sustainability – Opportunity for IEMA network members to get involved
 

In December 2019 the IEMA Fellows Working Group on Disruptive Technologies and the Digital Economy released its initial Thought Piece on Disruptive Technologies and Sustainability. Providing some insight on the impact of disruptive technologies, this was a first attempt to outline the challenges for organisations and provide a framework of key actions that sustainability professionals should look to integrate.

The working group is looking to collaborate with experts from an IEMA policy network to take a deeper topic dive, providing opportunity to bring in further case studies. For example, potentially working with members of the IEMA Climate Change and Energy Network, there is opportunity to scope a second document looking at the specific role new technologies can play (e.g. in the energy sector or renewables).

The Working Group are keen to establish a scoping meeting in June.
Should you wish to be involved, please email Marc Jourdan directly at m.jourdan@iema.net

 

Pledge to Net Zero

 

Many of us have been working hard to understand net-zero and how our own organisations can best transition. Our sector scheme with the Society for the Environment and industry partners already has over 40 signatories. 

The approach is deliberately designed for wide, inclusive participation and in April IEMA members Natalie Cropp, Joe Hague and Ryan Burrows presented three science-based reduction approaches for their own very different sized organisations.

Afterwards, they helped to answer an extensive list of questions. Members can access this Q&A document and the full webinar recording on the IEMA watch again pages.

 
New Consultation -  Proposals to enhance climate-related disclosures.
 

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are proposing to introduce a new rule for commercial companies. This will include a UK premium listing requiring them to state whether they comply with the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and to explain any non-compliance. FCA are also consulting on guidance around existing obligations set out in EU legislation and in the FCA Handbook.

The consultation is available here.

If you have any suggestions or points to raise around the consultation questions, it would be great to hear your thoughts. Please contact me at n.blyth@iema.net

 
Contribute to our networks and webinars
 
Despite Covid-19, professional commitment to sustainability and climate action continues, with leading webinars and blogs on a range of key challenges.  

We are launching a Climate Change mini-series in late June, kicking off with Committee on Climate Change CEO Chris Stark. Across the series, we will introduce new guidance on TCFD and Climate Risk and address opportunities from low carbon tech, through to climate change communication with colleagues from Bafta, Futerra and the BBC. 

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all members and guests supporting our programme.

Please get in touch if you are interested in featuring your own work and perspectives at n.blyth@iema.net.
 
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