Category: Climate

Flint's guide to COP28

1. What is COP28? COP (“conference of the parties”) takes place every year and is the world’s only multilateral decision-making forum on climate change, attracting high-level global participation and interest. Each COP seeks to reach an agreement on a wide range of climate issues, signed off through the formal UN process and building on agreements […]
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29 Nov, 2023

EU’s winter energy plans: European unity tested

Key Points: Europe is facing the worst energy crisis in its history, affecting the entire European economy and beyond. According to the latest predictions, if Russia completely cuts off gas supplies in the coming months, the EU's GDP could shrink by 1.5%. These economic disruptions could have far-reaching political consequences for EU Member States, both […]
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29 Jul, 2022

Charging ahead – Is the UK electric vehicle market finally maturing?

A booming market For business and investors seeking to shape the UK’s policy and regulatory framework for electric vehicles (EVs), 2022 is set to be a busy year. EV sales were the auto sector’s standout success story last year. Even with the wider auto market down over 28% compared to pre-covid levels, more electric vehicles […]
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07 Feb, 2022

Green finance in 2022 – what next?

Key takeaways  The expansion of the green finance agenda has continued to accelerate globally, with more and more jurisdictions developing taxonomies, sustainability reporting requirements and green product labels. The scope is also expanding beyond carbon emissions and into nature and biodiversity.   The UK has ambitions to be a global leader following the relative success at […]
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12 Jan, 2022

The Flint Podcast - COP26: What Happened – What Next?

In the aftermath of the final deal at COP26 our experts provide analysis of the deal itself, as well as what it means for the domestic and international agenda on climate change in the months and years ahead. Flint Partner Kiran Horwich chairs a discussion between Flint Partner Josh Buckland (Former adviser to the Business Secretary on energy and […]
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23 Nov, 2021

Social injustice is incompatible with a sustainable environment

It is good that net zero carbon emissions and a ceiling of 1.5 degrees of climate warming have become established goals of international policy. But the muted success of COP26 in Glasgow shows there is still a mountain to climb to turn lip-service into reality. Tackling climate change is increasingly central to governments’ wider economic […]
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16 Nov, 2021

PM's new green vision ahead of COP26

Key Points The Government has set down a significant marker ahead of COP26 by announcing a raft of new green measures, representing a moment of truth as to the scale of the Prime Minister’s green ambitions. The centerpiece of thousands of pages of policy detail is the much anticipated Net Zero Strategy that sets out […]
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20 Oct, 2021

Crunch time: Climate clock ticks down to COP26

Key points:  Despite numerous calls for further postponement, COP26 is set to go ahead in November, with final logistical arrangements being rushed through so world leaders can descend on Glasgow.  The ever more challenging geopolitical context means the UK Presidency is actively dampening down expectations of what will be agreed, with a diplomatic stand-off not completely excluded at this stage.  Discussions in the margins of the United Nations General […]
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20 Sep, 2021

The art of the impossible?

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases Sixth Assessment Report  Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark report outlining the latest scientific assessment of the likely impact of climate change, the first such assessment for eight years. Highly anticipated, it comes less than 100 days before COP26 and as a forerunner, paints a decidedly gloomy picture.   The starkest of warnings  The […]
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10 Aug, 2021

A plan for decarbonising transport – but where will it take us?

Following widespread criticism that the Government is failing to take decisive action to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the Government has set out a wide reaching plan to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050. ‘Decarbonising Transport – A Better, Greener Plan’ sets out the long-awaited strategy from the Department for Transport (DfT) […]
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16 Jul, 2021

ESG – Here comes the Regulator

More Growth, More scrutiny ESG investment is surging. ESG bond fund sales are now worth more than $50bn and have tripled in three years. In equities, investors are increasing their demands on companies. After six months, 2021 has already seen a record number of ESG shareholder resolutions passed.   As investment activity grows, so does […]
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07 Jul, 2021

Climate in 2021: tidal wave or tide turning?

With the landmark climate summit COP26 happening in November, climate action at a domestic and international level is set to accelerate materially in 2021. Government is developing a series of major changes to the financial, policy and regulatory environment to drive down emissions across the entire economy and show global climate leadership.    The stage is […]
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22 Feb, 2021
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