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The EY Sustainability Matters podcast

Dec 16, 2021

The eyes of the world were on the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26. With the dust settling and negotiations in place, what progress was made in adhering to the 1.5℃ goal of The Paris Agreement?

This episode of the EY Sustainability Matters podcast, features Steve Varley – EY Global Vice Chair for Sustainability. Steve was in Glasgow to attend COP26 and in this episode of the podcast, he discusses the experience of being at the conference in person, the likely impact of the discussions, the actions that should be taken to reduce emissions globally and the part everyone – including business – can play.

The coming together of nations was a cause for great optimism, but the reality is that there is still more work to be done to keep the 1.5oC dream alive. This means that commitment and collaboration between nations, governments and business will likely be critical, and could need further progress on trust and transparency as a priority.

Some businesses are actively and enthusiastically addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) by innovating and adapting their business model, and providing customers with a more sustainable offering. Other businesses view ESG as less of a priority, so finding a way to demonstrate the value of sustainability and moving climate change to the top of the agenda could be crucial.

For Steve, COP26 is a cause for optimism, creating an atmosphere of ambition and providing an opportunity to take meaningful action.

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