Transition plans

Guidance for companies

Why transition plans matter

Transition plans will soon be required in US and EU legislation. Developing and publishing a transition plan is also a requirement of the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions’ Race to Zero campaign, and thus essential for joining or remaining in any associated initiatives.

Other stakeholders, too, will be looking to your transition plan to support their decision making. These include financial institutions, suppliers as well as media and policymakers.

But writing a transition plan is also an important step in operationalising your company’s overall climate strategy and will help your company succeed in the long term. A transition plan turns long-term transformational targets into a step-by-step roadmap for creating sustainable change within your company.

How to use Exponential Roadmap Initiative’s guidance

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative’s free-to-use transition plan template is in line with the evolving regulation and guidance from 12 different organisations.

This template has been prepared in such a way that you can directly write into and adjust formatting to reflect your company’s styles. 

A complementary mapping offers more detail as to which transition plan elements is required or requested by which initiative or organisation.

An example

Exponential Roadmap Initiative member Icebug, a Swedish outdoor shoe manufacturer, in 2023 developed and published a transition plan following the UN checklist to implement the recommendations of the high-level expert group for net zero commitments on non-state entities (HLEG). 

icebug transition plan cover page

Validating transition plans

An Exponential Roadmap Initiative mapping shows that validating transition plans is likely to have at least two aspects:

  • Validating inclusion: ensuring that recommended points have been covered in a transition plan (eg that a given transition plan document contains a date for fossil fuel phase out)
  • Validating ambition: ensuring that the planned actions meet ambition thresholds (e.g. that a company’s planned date for phasing out fossil fuels is soon enough)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been conducting an independent consultation that is to result in recommendations for a framework to both provide recognition for and accountability on the climate efforts of such actors.

Exponential Roadmap Initiative’s submitted views to this consultation, arguing that

the text in any validation framework describing requirements for transition plans will need to be carefully crafted in order to make sure requirements are understandable to the reader/user and are interpreted in the same way by all stakeholders – both by validators and by companies subject to validation.

 

 

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