Articles, podcasts and webinars

 

This page collates content created by Chartered Accountants Ireland, as articles published in Accountancy Ireland, webinars run by the Institute, or podcasts recorded to complement Accountancy Ireland issue themes. 

Articles

Four ways to invest in a circular economy

Investing in the circular economy is not only good for the planet but also good for your pocket. Holger Frey identifies four investment clusters that are set to benefit from the alternative economic model.  and aims to explain how and why sustainability is important for SMEs.

Author

Holger Frey

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November 6 2020

Three reasons to prioritise ESG reporting

Kevin Lynch explains why ESG reporting is fast becoming a critical pillar in the evaluation of organisational stability. 

October 29, 2020

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The Climate Action Bill: an ambitious path to net-zero

The Climate Action Bill has ignited the drive for businesses to decarbonise, writes Lorraine McCann. The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020 commits Ireland to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

October 28, 2020

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A taxing drive: carbon taxes increase

In a drive to decarbonise Ireland’s economy, the rate of carbon tax on auto fuels will increase by €7.50 from €26 to €33.50 per tonne/CO2 from midnight.  Budget 2021 will also include the largest ever budget for energy efficiency and retrofitting programmes, helping Ireland meet its international climate action commitments.

Oct 13, 2020

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European Parliament adopts new EU Climate Law

 

On Wednesday October 8 the European Parliament adopted its position the new EU climate law. The new law aims to transform political promises that the EU will become climate neutral by 2050 into a binding obligation. It makes legally binding European’s 2050 goal of reducing greenhouse gases to net-zero and backs the ambitious target to reduce emissions by 60 percent compared to their 1990 levels, by as early as 2030.

Oct 08, 2020

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Government publishes Climate Action Bill

The Government today published the Climate Action Bill, announced at a briefing with Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan.The Bill comes following 2 years of pre-legislative strutiny and takes account of Citizen's Assembly input.

Oct 07, 2020

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SME risk management: sustainability

This paper is the second one in Accountancy Europe's SME risk management series and aims to explain how and why sustainability is important for SMEs.

Author

Accountancy Europe

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July 2020
Why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are good news for business
Caroline Pope considers the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and their relevance as a framework to rebuild resilient companies as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.
Author: 

Caroline Pope

Published:

June 2020
Rebooting Ireland sustainably

Before COVID-19, sustainability policies were nice-to-have. Now, Johnny Meehan argues, they are essential to rebooting Ireland’s economy.


Author:

Johnny Meehan
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June 2020
Getting to know Topic Area 4 - sustainability, corporate social responsibility & integrated reporting
John Munnelly and Claire Bergin from the FAE lecturing team discuss their expectations and the importance of Topic Area 4 of FAE Core.
Author:

John Munnelly & Claire Bergin
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May 2020
Will sustainability prevail through economic uncertainty?
An economic downturn will be inevitable after COVID-19. How can organisations weather this storm?
Author:

Lorraine McCann
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April 2020
How does the sustainability agenda push forward?
What does COVID-19 mean for climate change and sustainability?
Author:

Diarmuid Torney
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April 2020
Will the current crisis make or break the business world's adoption of sustainability?

Will companies be able to find the time and resources to focus on sustainability after COVID-19?

Author:

Laura Heuston

Published:

April 2020
Developing a framework for climate related risk
As climate-related threats increasingly dominate our environment, attention is now turning to the impact on global financial stability. Mark Kennedy looks at the effect on the financial services industry and how the regulatory landscape is likely to change.
Author:

Mark Kennedy

Published:

April 2020
Chartered Accountants Ireland signs global pledge to counteract climate change

Project led by Prince Charles urges accountants to act on climate emergency 

Author:

Chartered Accountants Ireland

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February 2020
London Society rises to the challenge of climate change
Chartered Accountants Ireland London Society has partnered with the Irish Embassy to examine the environmental and business impact of Sustainable Finance.
Author:

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Published:

February 2020
How organisations can support the sustainable development goals
Companies are not only talking about sustainability; they are also beginning to act.
Author:

Elise McCarthy


Published:

1 April 2020
The business case for sustainability

 Kate van der Merwe explains why businesses must incorporate sustainability in all financial decision-making processes in order to remain relevant.

Author:

Kate van der Merwe

Published:

December 2019
Three steps to delivering sustainability projects

Decarbonising our economy to limit global warming is not a choice; it is a must-do.

Author:

Féilim Harvey

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November 2019
Creating a sustainable lifestyle

Fiona Smiddy ACA, founder of Green Outlook, an eco-friendly ecommerce shop, is running a one-woman business with an ethical approach.

 

Author:

Fiona Smiddy


Published:

September 2019
Can finance and sustainability go together?
Kate van der Merwe considers the interplay between Finance and sustainability against a backdrop of increasingly extreme weather events.
Author:

Kate van der Merwe



Published:

August 2019
Ireland remains competitive but threats to economic sustainability are growing

The Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Professor Peter Clinch, recently launched Ireland’s Competitiveness Scorecard 2019.

 

Author:

Stephen Tormey



Published:

July 2019
Sustainability's hidden investment gems

Craig Bonthron outlines seven companies that are working for their investors as well as the planet and the people on it. 

Author:

Craig Bonthron
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June 2019
Five questions about sustainability and regulation answered

In such a dynamic landscape, there are five questions set to shape the conversation over the coming months as oultined here by Mark Kennedy of Mazars. 

Author:

Mark Kennedy

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January 2019
Chartered Christmas - committed to environmental sustainability

Why you should buy a real tree at Christmas. 

Author:

Susan Rossney

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December 2018
Sustainability assurance

Professional judgement and intuition pervade materiality decisions in the arena of sustainability assurance. 

Author:

Mary Canning, Brendan O’Dwyer & George Georgakopoulos

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October 2018
How to capture the value of CSR

Chartered Accountants can add significant value to an organisation’s CSR activity. This article explains how with examples from NI Water.

Author:

Judith Wylie, Anne Marie Ward

Published:

December 2017

Webinars

Sustainability and Business Opportunity
In the third of the Chartered Accountants Ireland District Society Sustainability Roadshows, this webinar, hosted in conjunction with the North West District Society, aimed to help members understand how sustainability can mitigate risks and generate revenue and profit. Three experts interpreted global sustainability principles in practical ways for small and medium businesses.
Speakers

 

Jessica Lobo, UN Global Compact Network
Ciaran Hayes, CEO of Sligo County Council
Shane O’Reilly, Sustainable Futures, KPMG

Recorded:

September 24 2020
CSR and Climate Action

An Ulster Society Business Seminar Series event, this virtual seminar was tailored for members in business but open to all and took place on Wednesday 9 September. It focussed on implementing a successful CSR strategy, and the role of business in promoting sustainability and climate action.

Speakers

Jason McIntosh, Seagate Technology
Prof. John Barry, Queens University Belfast
Kieran Harding, Business in the Community, Northern Ireland


Recorded:

September 2020

IFRS Standards and climate-related disclosures

Hosted by ICAEW, in this webinar Nick Anderson, member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), explains how the existing requirements of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) apply to climate change and other emerging risks. Highlighting the key messages from the IASB’s recent article on IFRS Standards and climate-related disclosures, he discusses the application of materiality, relevant financial reporting considerations and the need to make appropriate disclosures in financial statements.

Speaker

 

Nick Anderson, member of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
Recorded:

10 July 2020
Investigating Sustainability in the Current Climate

A webinar for members in practice and industry wishing to understand more about sustainability, and its future following the current crisis. It described how operating sustainably is key to cutting costs as well as building a fairer, greener and cleaner economy, and how sustainability can bring benefits in terms of reduced costs, risk management, competitive advantage and sourcing finance.

Recorded:

June 2020

Podcasts

Collaboration
A discussion on collaboration and how you can make it work in your career, organisation and global movements, such as acheiving the Sustainable Development Goals
Speakers
Maighread Kelly (Collaboration Ireland), Susan Rossney (Chartered Accountants Ireland) and Teresa Stapleton (Stapleton Coaching)
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April 2020
180 Degrees
Do Irish businesses have a role in tackling climate change? For many companies; a shortage of time, money, resources and knowledge can prevent them from moving forward. For some, there is also  a fear of drifting into the green washing space. 
Speakers
Independent sustainability consultant Ali Sheridan, Irish Times journalist Mark Hilliard, Bernadette Phelan from Business in the Community Ireland and Fergus Sharkey, Head of Business and Public Sector programmes at SEAI
Recorded:

November 2019
Sustainability and Climate Change
An Accountancy Ireland podcast on why accountants should care about climate change. The panel also examines the Government's Climate Action Plan and explores how the profession can help create a sustainable future.
Speakers

Kate van der Merwe, Lorraine McCann and Cróna Clohisey
Recorded:

June 2019