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Net Zero Guidance

Guidance produced by A4S

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our generation and financial services has a big role to play in helping to tackle it. We will only reach net zero emissions if we work together and I hope the guidance from A4S can inspire finance teams to play their part to help us reach this global ambition.” Katie Murray, CFO, NatWest Group

Achieving net zero emissions in an organization will rely on the knowledge, skills and processes inherent within the finance function. Where an organization has made a net zero commitment, finance professionals are well placed to develop pathways to achieve net zero, setting interim targets, allocating funds, reporting progress and integrating net zero into decision making processes over time.

To help CFOs and finance teams to support their commitments and achieve net zero emissions, A4S has produced a series of guides, case studies and top tips. The first is for finance teams from any sector, and the second focuses specifically on finance teams within banks. Both guides outline the net zero landscape, the business case for action and explore the practical steps that finance teams can take to support their organizations to progress towards net zero emissions. While the cross-sectoral guide is suitable for all finance teams regardless of industry, the bank-specific guide focuses specifically on net zero in the context of the bank’s financing activities.

Top Tips

A4S's top tips guidance provides information for CFOs, Pension fund chairs and trustees as well as guidance on specific subjects such as financed emissions.

Financed emissions Top tips

These top tips guidelines offer practical steps to address the challenges associated with ‘footprinting’, with a specific focus on data collection, methodologies, and establishing a baseline. The top tips not only highlight key challenges but also provide strategies for overcoming them, complete with case studies.

Insurance-associated Emissions Top Tips

A4S has developed top tips, tailored to finance teams. The guidance aims to help re/insurers get started on calculating an emissions baseline, and can be used as a resource as re/insurers develop their approach over time.

Top tips for pension scheme trustees

Pension scheme trustees have an essential role to play in achieving a global net zero economy. These resources – part of our ESG Toolkit for Pension Chairs and Trustees – help trustees take practical steps towards setting and implementing a net zero investment strategy with examples, tips from fellow trustees, and presented in a way that supports the busy role of a pension trustee.

Top tips for CFOs

See our top ten tips for CFOs, based on insights from our global CFO Leadership Network.

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