The climate change-related Topic Standards will be reviewed in line with the most recent developments and the relevant authoritative intergovernmental instruments in the field of climate change, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and energy.
As part of the Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) Work Program 2020-2022, the review of climate change-related disclosures in GRI 302: Energy 2016, GRI 305: Emissions 2016 (Disclosures 305-1 to 305-5), and GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016 (Disclosure 201-2: Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change) was identified as a priority for 2022.
Since the GRI Standards and disclosures on climate change-related issues were last revised in 2013, the topic of climate change has received significant attention at the international level and in the global sustainable development agenda. This attention is in line with the increasing recognition of the need for more effective climate action, as recognized in the Paris Agreement (2015) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s reports as well as the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Read the Project Proposal for more information.
The Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) approved the Climate Change Final Project Proposal in February 2023. A Technical Committee is expected to be appointed in April 2023, and the objective is to have the exposure draft(s) ready in H1 2024.
The project will follow the GSSB's Due Process Protocol, the implementation of which will be overseen by the Due Process Oversight Committee. Get familiar with the GSSB Terms of Reference for more details.
The primary objective of this project is to review and revise GRI climate change-related Standards and to incorporate new issues that reflect stakeholder expectations on climate change impacts that go beyond energy consumption and GHG emissions. As part of the revision of GRI climate change-related Standards, the project will review the content of GRI 302: Energy 2016, GRI 305: Emissions 2016 (Disclosures 305-1 to 305-5), and GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016 (Disclosure 201-2: Financial implications and other risks and opportunities due to climate change) - to represent internationally agreed best practice and align with the recent developments and the relevant authoritative intergovernmental instruments in the field of climate change, GHG emissions and energy consumption.
The project will not be limited to reviewing the current contents of existing GRI climate change-related disclosures. It will also incorporate new topics such as a just transition plan, emissions targets as well as carbon credits. The information on the impacts that a transition to keep global temperatures below 1.5 C° can have on workers, local communities, and other stakeholders is of particular relevance and importance. Topics such as carbon credits will be researched and considered with particular attention because of their potential impacts on local communities, vulnerable groups, and other stakeholders, including those on their human rights.
The development of climate change standards will enable organizations to publicly disclose their most significant impacts on climate change-related issues and how they are managing those impacts.
|GRI Topic Standards for Climate Change-Final project proposal||file||16 Feb 2023||English||182 KB|
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