Mandatory Climate Disclosures and the Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards

Climate-related reporting disclosures will be mandatory in Australia for many organisations from 2025. Does your business understand what is coming and how to be prepared?

With the Australian Government’s introduction of the Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards (ASRS) in 2025, transparency and accountability in climate-related reporting are about to become mandatory for large businesses and financial institutions.

Is your organisation prepared to navigate the complexities of the new Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards (ASRS) and comply with mandatory climate disclosures?

What are the Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards (ASRS)

The new Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards (ASRS), are aligned internationally with the ISSB Standards, and will redefine corporate responsibility in Australia. The standards are sometimes referred to as Mandatory Climate Disclosures (MCD) or Mandatory Climate Reporting (MCR).

These standards mandate comprehensive reporting on climate-related financial information including climate risks, opportunities, and GHG emissions. By enhancing transparency and accountability, they will ensure that sustainability is integral to corporate strategy and operations, supporting Australia’s emission reduction targets​. For a deeper dive see our article A Closer Look at the Exposure Draft Legislation on Mandatory Climate-related Financial Disclosures in Australia

Who needs to Comply to ASRS?

The mandatory climate disclosures to ASRS will impact a wide range of entities including:

  • Large Corporations: Large entities exceeding 2 out of 3 thresholds for 1) consolidated revenue, 2) EOFY consolidated gross assets and 3) EOFY employees.
  • NGERs Act Reporters: Companies already reporting under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act.
  • Asset Owners and Managers: Managing assets in investment schemes and superannuation funds over $5 billion.

It is essential to determine early on whether your business falls under these categories to ensure timely compliance with the new standards.

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Understanding the ASRS Framework

The ASRS framework is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing global standards, enhancing the comparability of disclosures worldwide. It encompasses:

  • Governance: How organisations govern and assess climate-related risks and opportunities.
  • Strategy: The actual and potential impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities on business, strategy, and financial planning.
  • Risk Management: The processes used to identify, assess, and manage climate-related risks.
  • Metrics and Targets: Metrics and targets used to assess and manage relevant climate-related risks and opportunities.

How to Prepare for Mandatory Climate Disclosures under the Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards

  1. Risk and Governance Assessment: Ensure your governance framework robustly manages climate risk. Begin by assessing your current risk profile and governance to align with ASRS requirements.
  2. Skills and Capabilities Review: Evaluate your internal capabilities to meet these disclosures. Where necessary, seek to bridge knowledge gaps through training or hiring, ensuring your team is up to speed with the latest in climate risk management.
  3. Action Plan Development: Develop a comprehensive action plan to address any compliance gaps. Set clear milestones and deadlines to achieve ASRS readiness before 2025.

Our team of sustainability and climate risk experts helps clients understand and implement effective climate risk assessments, strategies and reporting. We assist businesses at all stages of their
sustainability and climate disclosure journey, aligning with ASRS, ISSB, and other ESG frameworks like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

With over a decade of experience as trusted advisors to leading Australian companies, we’re here to guide you through the new mandatory reporting standards.

As established climate experts, we offer advice based on years of experience, to manage your climate risks, seize opportunities, and drive
compliance and sustainable performance across your business now and into the future. We’ll help discover efficiencies, create stakeholder value and increase your positive impact.

Our Mandatory Climate Disclosures Services include:

  • Climate-related financial disclosures aligned with ASRS, ISSB and TCFD standards.
  • Developing strategies for climate mitigation and adaptation, and establishing metrics and targets.
  • Qualitative and quantitative scenario analysis to assess financial impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities.
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventories including full value chain accounting based on NGER methodologies, GHG Protocol and financed emissions measurement using PCAF framework.
  • Advising and reporting on nature-related risks and opportunities to TNFD.
  • Seeking out opportunities for efficiencies, innovation, long-term resilience building and driving sustainable performance.

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