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Developing a transition plan for ASRS compliance

This article will walk you through the essentials of creating transition plans that comply with IFRS/ASRS requirements.

Join Barbara Albert, our Co-CEO, as she discusses developing transition plans for ASRS compliance.

Previously in the series

Before we look at developing transition plans, ensure you’re up to date with our discussion on climate risks and opportunities and conducting scenario analysis.

Introduction

Transition plans are essential for companies navigating the shift towards a low-carbon future. They describe strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing climate-related risks, and seizing the opportunities that arise from the global transition to net zero. Central to a credible climate transition plan is a commitment to a 1.5°C pathway and ensuring your business model remains relevant and profitable in a net-zero economy.

Transition plans are crucial for ASRS (Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards) compliance, detailing your organisation’s approach to addressing climate-related risks and opportunities.

Understanding transition planning

Before we go into ASRS disclosure requirements, let’s investigate what transitioning and transition planning involves. According to CDP, transitioning means taking action that aligns your business model with a 1.5°C pathway, restores natural eco-system health and enables a thriving economy that works for people and planet in the long term.

According to the Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards, a climate transition plan is “An aspect of an entity’s overall strategy that lays out the entity’s targets, actions or resources for its transition towards a lower-carbon economy, including actions such as reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Disclosing your transition plan under ASRS’s four pillars

ASRS sets the stage for a rigorous approach to climate-related disclosures. Your transition plan should address the ASRS’s four pillars:

1️⃣Governance: Ensure board-level oversight and define governance mechanisms for implementing the plan.

2️⃣Strategy: Integrate climate considerations into your business strategy, reflecting how climate risks and opportunities affect long-term sustainability.

3️⃣Risk management: Identify and manage climate-related risks within your transition plan, adopting strategies to mitigate these risks.

4️⃣Metrics and targets: Set clear, science-based targets for emissions reduction, operational efficiency, and sustainability, and report on progress against these metrics.

Crafting your transition plan: A detailed roadmap

The essence of complying with ASRS lies in crafting a transition plan that not only addresses immediate climate risks but also positions your organisation for future sustainability. Here is a detailed roadmap that can help you in creating your transition plan:

1️⃣Strategic analysis and response

      • Adaptation and strategic shifts: Your plan should detail shifts in business models and operational strategies aimed at reducing environmental impact and embracing sustainable practices. Highlight how your organisation intends to adjust operations, engage in research and development, and possibly restructure investments to align with a sustainable future.
      • Mitigation and adaptation efforts: Describe your direct actions, such as operational changes and technological upgrades, alongside indirect efforts like supply chain collaboration, to ensure a comprehensive approach to climate change.

2️⃣Disclosing transition strategies

      • Clearly articulate the objectives and methodologies of your transition plan, focusing on carbon-intensive operations management, product adaptation, and stakeholder engagement strategies to enhance your carbon footprint management.

3️⃣Setting and achieving targets

      • Discuss the climate-related goals your organisation has established, detailing the actions and timelines set to achieve these targets, especially in relation to emissions reduction and sustainable operations.

4️⃣Allocating resources for transition

      • Explain your resource allocation strategy, including financial, human, and technological investments, underscoring your commitment towards implementing the transition plan effectively.

5️⃣Transparent progress updates

      • Commit to regular, transparent reporting on the transition plan’s progress, employing both qualitative and quantitative metrics to provide stakeholders with a clear view of advancements and challenges.

6️⃣Reviewing your plan

      • Incorporate mechanisms for regular feedback and review, allowing for strategic adaptations as necessary to meet evolving decarbonisation challenges and opportunities.

Need assistance with your transition plan?

At 100% Renewables, we specialise in developing comprehensive decarbonisation and transition plans. From co-creating strategic approaches to creating compelling business cases for investment, we’re here to ensure your plan not only aligns with your reporting and disclosure obligations but also accelerates savings and enhances operational sustainability.

Next in the series

In our next blog post, we’ll explore metrics and setting climate targets in line with ASRS.

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