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Pressure for companies and governments to report on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been mounting over the last decade. Reports on the impacts of climate change, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports have intensified the pressure by adding urgency to the need to reduce emissions.
International agreements, such as the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement have also accelerated efforts by businesses and governments.
More and more companies are reporting voluntarily on their GHG emissions in response to demands by shareholders and other stakeholders. In the UK, quoted companies have been required to report on their GHG emissions since October 2013. See Practice Note: Mandatory greenhouse gas reporting.
In addition, many organisations are required to report on their emissions pursuant to regulatory schemes such as the EU emissions trading system and climate change agreements.
For more information, see Practice Notes: EU Emissions trading system—outline and Climate change agreements (CCA).
In the UK, the Climate Change Act 2008 places duties on the government to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. Following an amendment to Section 1 in June 2019, the Secretary of State is required to ensure that the UK achieves net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Section 4 requires the Secretary of State to:
set for each succeeding period of five years beginning with the period 2008–2012 (‘budgetary periods’) an amount for
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For guidance, see Practice Note: Coronavirus
The rights preserved under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as set out in the Human Rights Act 1998 Sch 1, can be broadly divided into three groups:•absolute rights—which cannot be interfered with by the state or derogated from even in a state of emergency•limited rights—which may be
If a party to a property agreement fails to comply with its obligations, the other party may wish to apply for an order for specific performance. Specific performance is an equitable, discretionary remedy which, if granted, compels a party to perform a contractual obligation. This Practice Note
This Practice Note provides guidance on the SRA Codes of Conduct, contained in the SRA Standards and Regulations, in force from 25 November 2019. The SRA Standards and Regulations include two Codes of Conduct—a Code forSolicitors, RELs and RFLs and a Code for Firms. The Standards and Regulations
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