sustainability regulation

Governments around the world are taking urgent action to address climate change. In the EU, this includes a raft of policies designed to improve environmental efficiency and establish a circular economy.

For companies in the ICT sector, environmental regulation has complex implications. It pressures them to improve their own performance, while creating opportunities for them to deploy digital solutions to help organisations in other sectors work in a more environmentally-friendly way.

Our sustainability service deciphers the complexity of environmental regulation and makes it easy to understand how interrelated EU policies affect your organisation. Start your personal demo today and find out what our independent, expert insight could do for you.

general topics covered

EU environmental policy

Stay up to date on EU environmental policies. Our sustainability service provides clarity, insight and commentary on the key aspects of the European Green Deal, including the Fit for 55 package and Circular Economy Action Plan. Topics covered include:

  • European Climate Law
  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency policy
  • Corporate sustainability reporting
  • Waste and recycling
The impact on the ICT sector

Many aspects of environmental policy have a direct or indirect impact on the ICT sector. Our sustainability service explores the rules and their implications for ICT companies, covering topics such as:

  • Environmental impacts of digitisation and innovation
  • Actions taken by ICT sector regulators
  • Rules and best practices for data centres
  • Transparency and reporting rules
Government and industry initiatives

Keep track of government and industry plans and targets, and understand the context behind them. We provide coverage on the steps taken by governments, regulators and ICT companies to improve sustainability. Topics covered include:

  • National environmental targets
  • Company environmental targets
  • Initiatives to improve environmental performance
The bigger picture

Climate change is a global issue. Our independent reporting and analysis covers major environmental developments on the world stage, including:

  • IPCC assessments and reports
  • COP meetings and their outcomes
  • Major policy shifts from key players

latest intelligence

A new EU framework to secure the supply of critical raw materials
24 March 23 Bianca Sofian

The European Commission has set out a regulatory framework to ensure the secure and sustainable supply of critical raw materials (CRMs) in the EU. The framework would seek to develop domestic supply capacities, and to strengthen the sustainability and circularity of the CRM supply chains in the EU.

European Commission sets out latest proposals to support green investment
22 March 23 Peter Dunn

The European Commission has published its proposed Net-Zero Industry Act. Details of the proposal emerged just a few days after the Commission confirmed changes to its state aid rules. These initiatives form part of the Commission's Green Deal Industrial Plan, designed to make the EU a more attractive location for investments in green technologies and products, and widely seen as the EU’s response to the USA’s Inflation Reduction Act.

BEREC calls for standardised environmental reporting and clearer information-gathering powers
20 March 23 Peter Dunn

BEREC called for a "clearer and harmonised mandate" for national regulatory authorities to collect environmental information. BEREC also stressed the importance for transparency and comparability of defining a common EU methodology to collect such data and for the industry to publish environmental information in an open format.

Parliament and Council reach provisional agreement on revised rules for energy efficiency
17 March 23 Bianca Sofian

The Council and European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement to revise the Energy efficiency directive on 10 March 2023. The revised directive includes new obligations for member states, public bodies and private companies.

European Commission clarifies provisions of the EU taxonomy
15 March 23 Bianca Sofian

The European Commission published two draft notices to help financial and non-financial companies with the interpretation and implementation of certain legal provisions of the EU taxonomy. The draft notices also aim to help companies preparing their first mandatory reporting exercise, which started in January 2023.

UK must make the right decisions and quickly to achieve its net zero goal
06 March 23 Peter Dunn

The UK government must take action on 25 policy recommendations, as well as establish stable long-term (ten year) programmes, if it is to achieve its target of net zero by 2050. This was the conclusion of the government commissioned review Mission zero, which reported in January 2023.

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