Some weeks change everything. There is plenty of yammering out there on how emissions reporting can be done, and how the GHG Protocols are organized. But while no one was really looking, a series of announcements in Europe turned the spotlight to emissions data.
  • The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) – the global accounting standards authority – mandated the reporting of supply chain emissions. The days of toe-in-the-water are over. The days of “report all that is material to investors” is here. And it all starts in 2023.
  • The Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK announced new rules on emissions disclosures, aiming to give consumers and businesses more confidence in what is being reported, and to avoid greenwashing. And these start in 2023 too.

Why is this all happening? In a recent speech, SEC Commissioner Caroline A. Crenshaw summed it up:

“The Markets Have Already Moved, the SEC Is Following”

Equity markets need data from companies to separate winners from losers, bond markets need emissions data from issuers to satisfy the demand for “green investments” and with studies showing that credit risk and climate risk are tightly linked, stress testing of banks is key to preserving a stable economy. With 40% revenues for the S&P 500 coming from outside the US, there is no escape for US businesses. They too are affected.

We’ve hit that moment when each business needs to know their numbers: What is the exposure to climate risk? What is the cost of decoupling revenues from emissions? 

Our changing climate now impacts valuation in ways that are measured, quantified and data-driven. Financial disclosures and climate disclosures are tightly linked. 

All driven by data. GLYNT speaks with a dozen of finance and sustainability teams each week. When we explain that at GLYNT “Sustainability data is prepared with the same rigor as financial data” shoulders noticeably drop on video calls. There is a sigh of relief. Finance teams are looking for accurate, actual data from primary sources, ready for audits. Just like financial data. 

This week the emissions data tsunami hit. 2023 is almost here. And from this point forward, the quality of the numbers matters.