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Elizabeth
Beall

Practice Lead, Climate and sustainability
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Elizabeth Beall

Elizabeth leads Global Counsel’s work on climate and sustainability. She has more than a decade of experience advising corporates, investors, governments and NGOs on areas including climate finance, ESG screening and reporting, green building, sustainable transport, waste and resource management, and agriculture, forestry and food supply chains. 

She has served as an advisor to the United Nations Committee on World Food Security and to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Prior to joining the UN system, Elizabeth held a range of roles working in private consulting, development finance, and environmental advocacy throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia focused on climate change and sustainability.

At Global Counsel, Elizabeth leads teams advising corporates, investors, foundations, and small businesses on navigating climate and sustainability policy, assisting clients with understanding both the risks and opportunities. 

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Advising clients on climate policy and business strategy from COP engagement, to net-zero strategy development and implementation, to the nitty gritty details of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.
  • Leads Global Counsel’s ESG support to both corporates and investors covering strategy developments, portfolio analysis, due diligence, benchmarking, and ESG risk mitigation and improvement.
  • Supporting clients in understanding quickly evolving regulatory areas including EU sustainable finance action plan, plastics and waste and resource strategies globally, and the future of food and engagement in the Food Systems Summit.

Latest Insights by Elizabeth Beall

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'Stranded' assets and the EU's industrial strategy

Energy & Commodities

Elizabeth Beall, Climate and Sustainability Practice Lead and Giorgio Corbetta, Energy Senior Associate, look at stranded assets and the EU's industrial strategy. They unpack why it's important, what you need to know, and what's the way forward for this important issue.

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Sustainability reporting and disclosure rules: clarity or confusion?

Sustainability

A little under two years ago, I wrote about whether the introduction of a ‘green taxonomy’ in the EU would set the stage for a transformation of not just the financial system but how we define sustainability. Over these last two years, the EU has drafted an ever-growing list of regulations aimed at providing guidance for both investors and corporates on i) what can be…

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Three ESG policy trends to watch in 2021

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2020 marked a step change in how both corporates and investors consider ESG, driven in large part by policy and regulatory changes. 2021 is set to be a year where ESG will start to have real bite. With greater regulatory and market scrutiny, increased reporting and thus greater data, the bar on what is considered as ‘good’ ESG performance will continue to rise. 

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