The EU Taxonomy regulation is a classification system for economic activities to determine which are sustainable and prevent greenwashing. It provides clarification on the assessment process and disclosure of sustainable economic activities. The system includes social considerations through the minimum social safeguards requirements. To be classified as sustainable, economic activities must substantially contribute to one of the following environmental objectives, and DNSH to the other five:
- Climate change mitigation
- Climate change adaptation
- Water protection
- Circular economy
- Pollution prevention
- Biodiversity and ecosystems
Who will report on the EU Taxonomy?
- Investors who want to align with Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (“SFDR”) Article 9 are required to report on the EU Taxonomy. Reporting is voluntary for all other financial market participants
- Companies in scope of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (“NFRD”)
When does reporting become a requirement?
- From 2023, EU Taxonomy disclosures that contribute to water protection, the circular economy, pollution prevent, biodiversity and ecosystems are required
- Disclosures that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaption have been applicable since 2022