DR. RENATA KONADU
Sustainability Reporting Lecturer – Southampton Business School
Renata’s background and interest in sustainability has consistently been the pivot of her career and research in the last 10 years. She is currently a lecturer and researcher in sustainability reporting at the Southampton Business School and also a volunteer Programme Coordinator of Climate Finance for Pan African Centre for Climate Policy. As a GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Certified Sustainability Professional, Renata is currently involved in a project to help SMEs in South-East England to produce their first sustainability reports using the GRI standards. As part of her project, Renata has been instrumental in training students to work with SMEs to prepare their reports.
Why focus on SME's?
It is apparent that the transition to a net-zero economy requires all organisations to be fully committed. The recent requirement of the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting in UK is set to see large organisations measure and report their energy consumption and carbon emissions. Though there is no such requirement for SMEs, they cannot be overlooked in such practice of measuring and reporting. According to a survey by British Business Bank (2021), SMEs contribute 50% of GHG emissions by all businesses and 30% of UK National emissions. With such a massive impact on emissions, it is unsettling to know that just one in ten UK SMEs measure their carbon emissions as reported by 02 and British Chamber of Commerce’s survey, 2021. This is not to suggest that SMEs are not taking actions to reduce their emissions but rather an indication of possible challenges or barriers to measuring and subsequently reporting their impacts.
Senior Consultant, Global Transition Model Lead, Baringa Partners
Xingliang leads the Global Transition Model team at Baringa. The Global Transition Model is a core part of the market-leading climate change solution that Baringa develops in partnership with BlackRock and has been used by clients with over $38 trillion of assets. Our climate modelling expertise supports financial institutions on net zero commitments, TCFD and regulatory reporting, investment and capital allocation strategies and climate risk management.
As a quantitative modelling expert, he has also led the developments of energy system and power market models for clients in various markets including UK, EU, UAE, Australia and China. Prior to joining Baringa, Xingliang worked as a corporate strategy analyst at Landis+Gyr. Prior to joining Baringa, Xingliang worked as a corporate strategy analyst at Landis+Gyr and supported the executive managers to make strategic decisions in projects such as IPO, M&A and JV by providing analysis on markets, technologies and competitors. Xingliang has a Master degree in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
We are one of the world’s top-rated energy and environment consultancies, with 20 years’ experience advising governments, the energy industry, and financial services on climate strategy. We have rated as the Lead Consultancy for Energy, Utilities and Environment with gold medals awarded for 4th consecutive year in the Financial Times Poll.