Climate change has emerged as one of the most important political and business issues of our time. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been working with policy makers and companies since 1997, helping to analyse issues and develop practical solutions for our clients. With a network of more than 150 professionals across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific, PwC offers a broad range of advisory, assurance and professional services that collectively guide clients through the complexities of climate change and emissions trading.
PwC helps clients analyse markets and policy developments and integrate climate-change challenges and opportunities into their corporate strategy and plans. We advise clients on their corporate, investment and emissions trading strategy, as well as on investor relations and wider stakeholder engagement. We offer knowledge in renewable energy and retail carbon, as well as compliance markets and policy. We help with scenario planning, market analysis and commercial, regulatory and environmental strategy development.
PwC works with both buyers and sellers of carbon credits in all the main carbon markets, offering a full range of transaction services, including financial advice, tax structuring, auctions and carbon due diligence. We also help clients to assess the climate-change risks and opportunities in corporate mergers and acquisitions and financing transactions and to understand the value implications.
It is likely that many countries in the EU and elsewhere will depend on emission reductions generated by projects developed under the CDM and JI schemes established under the Kyoto Protocol to meet their Kyoto targets. PwC is a leading adviser on CDM and JI project development covering all stages of the project cycle, from origination to sale.
We help companies systematically to identify and evaluate the risks presented by climate change and emissions trading, and to develop effective risk management measures in the context of an often fluid and uncertain external environment. Our services range from a PwC Carbon Health Check to more detailed reviews. The Health Check consists of a high-level review of 12 focus areas (regulatory, accounting, tax, legal, monitoring and so on).
The design and implementation of robust data management systems and quality control over reported information are key challenges for organisations participating in emissions trading schemes or voluntary initiatives to address carbon emissions. We help our clients establish greenhouse gas inventories to meet emerging international best practice, advise them on the design and implementation of data gathering and reporting systems, and test the adequacy of their controls over the data. In addition, we provide external assurance of the accuracy and reliability of greenhouse gas data, both within international emissions trading regimes and within the context of sustainability reporting.
We provide evidence-based policy advice to government and public-sector clients on climate change. We advise public-sector clients across national, regional and local government, the EU and international financial institutions such as the World Bank. Our services include advising on the design of market structures for emissions trading, helping organisations address their own carbon footprint and assessing the socio-economic impact of the physical effects of climate change.