At COP27, the UK announced a draft disclosure framework for private sector climate transition plans. Dubbed The Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) Disclosure Framework, it aims to strengthen reporting requirements for companies in the UK, including publication of climate transition plans. A growing number of businesses around the world have announced net zero pledges, but there is inconsistency in how progress against these goals is tracked and disclosed. Lack of detail around short-term action plans to meet the goals makes it difficult for stakeholders to assess the credibility of the plans or compare approaches. The TPT Disclosure Framework seeks to address these challenges by encouraging businesses and asset owners to set and follow concrete, standardized net zero transition plans.
“This will help to connect the impressive momentum on net zero commitments from private sector firms with the need for good-quality, accurate, and decision-useful information for investors.”
Andrew Griffith, MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury, Co-chair, TPT
Many large UK companies and asset managers are already required to disclose climate-related information in line with TCFD recommendations. Moving forward, it’s expected that the TPT Disclosure Framework will inform future regulatory requirements in the UK around disclosure of climate transition plans. Grounded in three principles of “Ambition, Action, and Accountability,” the Framework encourages companies to focus on ambitious, concrete, short-term action to achieve net zero goals. It also makes businesses more accountable to stakeholders (investors, policymakers, NGOs) for setting and delivering a climate transition plan.
“In recent years, we have seen a wave of private companies announcing their ambitions to contribute to net zero. We now need financial firms and companies to come forward with high quality plans to show how they will meet their targets. “
–Amanda Blanc, Aviva Plc CEO and TPT co-chair
The UK has set ambitious, binding targets to reach net zero by 2050. To get there, UK policymakers are focused on ensuring that financial flows shift toward supporting a net zero economy. In 2020, the UK was the first country in the world to make TCFD-aligned disclosures mandatory. Following that, in October 2021, the UK government published the Greening Finance roadmap, which sets out the country’s long-term ambition to green the financial system to align it with the net zero target. Finally, at COP26, then UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined plans for the UK to become the world’s first net zero aligned financial center. As part of that announcement, the Chancellor also indicated that the UK would move toward making publication of climate transition plans mandatory. However, since there isn’t a commonly agreed to standard for what a high-quality transition plan looks like, a taskforce was established to develop a standard.
The Transition Plan Taskforce (TPT) was launched by HM Treasury in April 2022 to develop a standard for private sector climate transition plans in the UK, building on global disclosure standards like those under the IFRS. The TPT has a two-year mandate and is comprised of industry and academic leaders, regulators, and civil society groups. The UK government and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are actively involved and will leverage the TPT’s outputs to strengthen future disclosure rules for listed companies and financial firms. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) and Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) also sit on the TPT steering committee. The expected outputs of the TPT include:
The TPT Disclosure Framework builds on existing TCFD and ISSB recommendations to include climate transition plans in corporate ESG disclosures. It aims to provide more granularity around what UK transition plans should include based on the following three principles: