The SEC may require U.S. businesses to disclose carbon emissions
The proposed legislation would require publicly-listed companies to disclose their carbon emissions.
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has proposed a new rule to standardize climate disclosures for public companies.
U.S. federal regulations already require publicly-listed companies to disclose their financial information, as well as an analysis of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
With the proposed rule RIN 3235-AM87, the SEC now wants companies to reflect on how they contribute to climate change, and how climate change may impact their operations.
Public companies will need to disclose:
- Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions
- Scope 3 emissions, if they are material or if the company has set scope 3 targets (small companies are exempt from this requirement)
- Governance of climate risks
- The material impact of climate risks on its business
- The impact of climate risks on strategy and business model
- The impact of climate-related events (e.g. severe weather) on items of their consolidated financial statements
What does the SEC proposal mean for businesses?
If the proposal is adopted, many more U.S. public companies will need to begin reporting on their emissions.
Before reporting their emissions, these businesses will first need to measure their full emissions, including the difficult-to-measure scope 3 emissions that originate in their value chains.
Measure & report your emissions
Normative enables you to measure and report your full carbon footprint, including the difficult-to-measure Scope 3 emissions.
The proposed disclosure requirements are similar to those of existing frameworks such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the Task Force on Climate-Related Disclosures (TCFD), and would add to the growing list of mandatory climate reporting requirements around the world.
When would the SEC proposal go into effect?
The proposed rules would be phased in over time, with an additional phase-in period for scope 3 disclosures.
All emissions disclosures would be phased in before 2026.
Comply with current reporting requirements and give your business a head-start on meeting future regulations.