Date posted: 05/10/2021 2 min read

CA ANZ joins global accounting professions to target net zero emissions

CA ANZ joins 12 accounting bodies in committing to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within their own organisation, and to support members to do the same.

In Brief

  • CA ANZ commits to net zero GHG emissions, alongside other accounting bodies
  • The accounting profession can play a significant and vital role in achieving both climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Commit to encourage and provide our members with training, support and resources
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Chartered Accountants ANZ joined 12 global and national accounting bodies to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The global launch is an initiative of The Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project Accounting for Bodies Network (ABN) which is a collaboration between A4S and professional accounting bodies across the globe. Together the ABN represents over 2.5 million professional accountants and students across 179 countries, representing two thirds of the world's accountants.

The impacts of climate change are already being felt throughout the world and the next decade is critical to limit its negative effects. To limit the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5°C, emissions need to halve by 2030, and drop to net zero by the middle of the century for the best chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

That is why 13 accounting bodies, members of The Prince of Wales's Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Accounting Bodies Network (ABN), are publicly committing to net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within their own organisations. In addition to this, the accounting bodies are committing to providing training and guidance to their members to support them in reducing GHG emissions in their own organisations and businesses.

"The pandemic has been a living example of the significant impact that non-financial risks can have on businesses and global economies. Climate change is a non-financial risk that is no longer an issue on the horizon, it's here and now. CA ANZ is committed to equipping members to meet these new challenges. As customers and investors increasingly consider sustainability in their decision making, the accounting profession is well placed to support a just transition."
Ainslie van Onselen, CA ANZ Chief Executive

Representing 2.5 million  accountants globally, the accounting bodies have committed to provide the training and infrastructure to support their membership to achieve net zero ambitions.

The Signatories:

  • Rune Aale-Hansen, CEO, Regnskap Norge
  • Helen Brand OBE, Chief Executive, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
  • J Bruce Cartwright, Chief Executive, ICAS
  • Barry Dempsey, Chief Executive, Chartered Accountants Ireland
  • Heather Hill, President, Association of Accounting Technicians
  • Andrew Hunter, CEO, CPA Australia
  • Michael Izza, Chief Executive, ICAEW
  • Barry Melancon, CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
  • Massimo Miani, President, Consiglio Nazionale dei Dottori commecialisti e degli Esperti Contabili
  • Klaus-Peter Naumann, CEO, Institut der Wirtschaftsprüfer in Deutschland e.V. (IDW)
  • Ainslie van Onselen, CEO, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Charles-Antoine St-Jean, President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Masahiko Tezuka, Chairman and President, The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants (JICPA)

Media release: Global Accounting Profession units to target net zero emissions

CA ANZ and CPA Australia have today joined 10 global and national accounting bodies to commit to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. 

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