At Point Advisory, we help leaders identify and manage risks and opportunities arising from their organisation’s impact and dependence on natural capital.
We help organisations develop Science-Based Targets for Nature (SBTNs) and support the implementation of procedures and actions to meet those targets.
Science-Based Targets (SBTs) are a framework and process for aligning organisational sustainability actions with globally agreed environmental goals. This alignment helps eliminate environmental risks. SBTs for climate are the most widely known, providing methods for determining an organisation’s “fair share” of emissions to meet the goal of limiting temperature increases to 1.5°C.
SBTNs strive to determine an organisation’s fair share of freshwater, land use, biodiversity and oceans impacts. Global and local targets are being developed as well as the methods to determine an organisation’s fair share. Meanwhile, interim targets and priority setting processes serve as a basis for immediate action.
As members of the global SBTN Corporate Engagement Program and the SBTN ANZ Regional Working Group which build on our leading SBTs for carbon practice, Point Advisory provides our clients full target setting and attainment services.
We help organisations define, implement and disclose their nature positive strategies and operational plans.
“Nature positive” organisations operate within the planetary boundaries, or the safe operating space in which humanity can thrive. Just as net zero organisations are aligned with limiting temperature increases to 1.5°C, nature positive organisations are aligned the with land, freshwater, ocean and biodiversity planetary boundaries. This alignment eliminates most natural capital risks. An organisation’s “fair share” of freshwater, land use, biodiversity and ocean impacts are determined by the Science Based Targets for Nature.
Point Advisory is a member of the Science Based Targets for Nature Corporate Engagement Program and the SBTN ANZ Regional Working Group, RIAA Nature Working Group, Capitals Coalition (as a registered service provider) the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).
We help organisations advance nature based solutions and climate change adaptation policies and strategies to manage carbon, water, natural hazard and related risks and opportunities.
Forests, mangroves, riparian strips and other natural assets sequester carbon, mitigate the impacts of storms and help provide clean water. Identifying, protecting and rehabilitating these natural assets can provide these services more cost effectively than built infrastructure. Increasingly, cities, communities and businesses are integrating green and grey infrastructure to meet the multiple needs.
Point Advisory’s risk management, valuation and natural capital accounting expertise ensures that our clients identify value-added nature based and adaptation solutions. Whether they deliver carbon, economic, social or health benefits, our expertise helps craft the right options.
We help organisations with natural capital risk management and disclosures including those based on the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), CDSB (now ISSB) Biodiversity Guidance, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and CDP, among others.
Like its climate focused equivalent TCFD, TNFD aims provide leading natural capital risk management and disclosure methods. It is widely expected to harmonise practices around physical, transition and systemic risk as well as the disclosure of these risks. Similarly, CDSB (now ISSB), CDP, GRI and regulatory agencies are advancing guidance documents and rules for both voluntary and mandatory disclosures.
Point Advisory is a member of the TNFD Forum that is helping develop, test and promote TNFD. Our expertise builds on our TCFD services. Since our formation, we have been supporting organisations with the other voluntary and mandatory disclosures and assurance across other aspects of sustainability.
We help organisations manage their risks and opportunities arising from their impact and dependence on natural capital.
Natural capital assessments help organisations to identify and prioritise their risks and opportunities. These can arise from changes to the physical environment (ecosystems, biodiversity, waterflows, temperatures), public policies, markets (e.g. customer preferences, credit market demands), technology and stakeholder concerns. Moreover, every site, supply chain and business unit faces unique risks and opportunities. Because of this complexity, we deliver bespoke solutions that draw on our team's decades of expertise.
We are members of the Science Based Targets for Nature Corporate Engagement Program and the SBTN ANZ Regional Working Group, RIAA Nature Working Group, Capitals Coalition (as a registered service provider) and the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Forum. Our staff have been conducting natural capital risks and opportunity assessments for over 20 years in forest, savanna, urban, coastal, marine and riparian environments.
We help organisations manage natural capital risks and opportunities along their supply chains.
The complexity of modern supply chains makes many risks and opportunities hard identify, measure and manage. This is also where the bulk of risks are often found. European food retailers face pressure relating to their contribution to global land conversion, while Australian construction firms can gain market advantage sourcing products with low environmental impacts. Leading companies are identifying, prioritising and working with partners and their suppliers to manage these risks and opportunities.
Point Advisory has deep supply chain management experience that includes advancing organisational policies, risk and opportunity assessments, strategies and implementation plans. We apply leading natural capital analytics to the identification, measurement and management of these risks and opportunities.
We help organisations maximise returns from environmental markets and related offset schemes.
Environmental markets—carbon trading, wetland banking, water trading, reef credits, biodiversity offsets, among others—offer a range of opportunities. Regulators can reduce the costs of environmental improvements by spurring efficient, market based solutions. Businesses can reduce the costs of meeting environmental targets. Entrepreneurs can profit by providing efficient environmental solutions. As the same time, these market participants have risks that need to be effectively managed.
Point Advisory staff have supported environmental market participants in Australia and around the globe. This includes sourcing and advising on biodiversity offsets, carbon trading, water quality and quantity trading in urban, agriculture, forestry, coastal and rural settings.
We help organisations develop natural capital accounting systems tailored to both their internal decision making and external reporting needs.
The term “natural capital accounting” has been used to refer to various assessment and measurement methods from greenhouse gas accounting to water footprinting to biodiversity accounting based on double entry bookkeeping. All have merit. The right method for your organisation rests on how it can (1) inform internal decision making, and (2) support external reporting.
While organisations have immediate needs for natural capital accounting, they need to recognise that these methods are evolving. When building natural capital accounting systems, organisations should consider not only their short term needs, but how to ensure that investments made in these accounting systems have lasting returns. Implemented strategically, natural capital accounting systems provide consolidated information that tracks an organisation’s net natural capital impacts and enables this information to be easily incorporated into risk, opportunity, cost-benefit and related analysis and reporting.
Point Advisory helps organisations meet these needs by drawing on our thought leadership, global project experience and association with leading organisations. Our staff helped develop the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review, Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation, TEEB for Business and the Biological Diversity Protocol (BD Protocol) and the CDSB (now ISSB) Biodiversity Reporting Guidance. We have undertaken scores of carbon accounting and reporting exercises, and developed accounts based on the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and the BD Protocol.
Please see our May 2022 working paper on corporate natural capital accounting, Time to Take Stock.
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