12 May 2022 (London): Responding to the news that the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDRs) were withdrawn from the 2022 Queen's Speech, Pietro Bertazzi, CDP's Global Director of Policy Engagement and External Affairs, said: “CDP is disappointed to learn that the UK Government decided to withdraw the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDRs), which were set to strengthen environmental disclosure regulation, from this week’s Queen’s Speech, thus indefinitely delaying their implementation. Whilst leadership continues to be shown in some areas, namely through the COP26 Presidency and the work undertaken by the Transition Plan Taskforce, the postponement of the SDRs is a sorely missed opportunity for the UK to further reaffirm its position as a global environmental leader, uphold the commitments made in Glasgow last year and make good on its ambition to become the first ‘net-zero aligned financial centre’.
Regulation isn’t solely about driving action: the SDRs will be critical in providing businesses across the UK with much needed guidance, clarity and confidence in aligning their business with a 1.5C future. Businesses are asking for this. CDP hopes that the UK Government will take the first opportunity to impose the SDRs and we look forward to supporting them to do so, as we are currently doing through our participation in the Transition Plan Taskforce.”
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