South Africa


  • Service: Advisory, Risk & Compliance, Sustainability Services
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 2010/12/23

KPMG attends COP16 

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) in Cancun, Mexico took place from 29 November to 11 December.

A select group of KPMG’s Climate Change and Sustainability professionals from member firms around the globe will be in Cancun engaging with business and governmental leaders, speaking on the issues at various local events, and networking with not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations. Representatives from South Africa include Neil Morris (Director), Nirali Shah (Senior Manager) and Rohitesh Dhawan (Advisor).


KPMG has a robust international foundation on climate change and sustainability and we are engaged with business now more than ever.


The long-term issues are clear: soaring energy prices, increasing energy security risks, an exploding global population, and a scarcity of raw materials. Businesses are increasingly recognising and addressing the impacts these issues will bring. In fact, the more forward-thinking enterprises see these trends not as threats at all, but opportunities for process improvement, cost-optimisation, innovation and growth – all of which can help to respond to increasing consumer demand and generate a competitive business edge.


While broader public attention will continue to focus on a headline-making global agreement, in our view Cancun will succeed if it proves it can mobilise business and finance across both the developed and developing worlds to make coordinated action on global climate change work.