Global climate change is increasingly prompting companies to act sustainably and responsibly in economic terms. Through the so-called EU Taxonomy Regulation, the European Parliament calls on companies to address the issue of the environment and contribute to climate protection. With the EU Taxonomy Regulation, the reporting obligations will be expanded to include "green" financial indicators. This will become mandatory for companies as early as the 2022 reporting year for the 2021 financial year.
The Taxonomy Regulation aims to create a climate-neutral Union by 2050. With the help of various conditions for companies and investors that must be fulfilled, it is to be determined whether an economic activity can be claimed sustainable or not. In addition, the Taxonomy Regulation is intended to serve as a benchmark in the assessment of activities that are significantly in line with social and/or environmental objectives.
So far, the regulation has focused on environmental goals in particular, but in the future, social goals and governance goals will also be included. Whether an economic activity is green or not is defined in the Taxonomy Regulation by six EU environmental targets.
Four conditions are defined for an economic activity to be considered environmentally sustainable and thus taxonomy-oriented.
The Taxonomy Regulation applies to:
The objectives of the Taxonomy Regulation are:
Why should you care about the Taxonomy Regulation?
Companies will already have to report on the first two environmental objectives (climate change mitigation & adaptation) in the 2021 financial year and on the remaining four environmental objectives (sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources, transition to a circular economy, pollution prevention and control, protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems) in 2022. Companies should address important key issues before implementation in order to understand the measures and their consequences. Whether the Taxonomy Regulation is introduced or not is not in question. Only the resulting scope and additional effort are unclear.
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