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

Explainer: climate neutral data centre pact
29 November 22 Peter Dunn

Explanatory note on the climate neutral data centre pact

The global climate crisis is inadequately addressed, says UNEP report
29 November 22 Bianca Sofian

The latest United Nations Environment Programme report analysed the progress of policies and pledges made since COP26, giving suggestions for starting and speeding up transformations needed to address the emission gaps.

COP27 fails to agree more ambitious emissions targets
28 November 22 Peter Dunn

COP27, labelled as the implementation COP, failed to agree on an end to fossil fuel consumption and did not set more ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nevertheless, the meeting was able to make some progress on climate financing, notably to start for the first time to establish funding for loss and damage. COP27 discussions ended on 20 November.

Many more large companies must report on sustainability matters from 2025
17 November 22 Bianca Sofian

All large companies in the EU and certain non-EU companies will be required to disclose data on their environmental, social and governance impacts, as well as any sustainability risks they are exposed to. The new rules set out in the Corporate sustainability reporting directive will start to apply from 2024.

BEREC consults on environmental indicators for the telecoms and digital sector
14 November 22 Cathrine Grimseid

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) is consulting until 2 December 2022 on relevant indicators to measure the environmental footprint of the telecom sector. BEREC wants to gather views on which indicators are used or would be useful to measure industry players’ environmental footprint and performance.

Parliament and Council agree on stricter emission reduction targets for EU member states
14 November 22 Bianca Sofian

The Council and European Parliament reached a provisional political agreement to revise the effort sharing regulation on 8 November 2022. The emission reduction targets that EU member states must collectively achieve by 2030 were increased by ten percentage points.

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