City of London becomes first city in the world to adopt a climate change adaptation strategy. Reissued 2010 –
In 2002 COLC works with the UK Government to produce "The London Principles: The Role Of The UK Financial Services In Sustainable Development", a framework for sustainable finance which formed part of the UK submission to the Johannesburg Earth Summit.
Following COP3 in Kyoto (1997), Z/Yen gets involved with City of London Corporation reports during 1998 and 1999 on the opportunity for carbon trading – “Trading Emission Permits – A Business Opportunity For The City?” (published January 1999). The COLC sets up shadow trading scheme, then works with DTI to expand nationally. In 2003 the EU comes to London to adopt the UK shadow carbon trading scheme as the framework for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The ETS is launched in April 2005.
1977-1994 (before Z/Yen founding in 1994)
Z/Yen people involved in environmental habitat research, first environmental databases leading to the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and first professional firm in the City to achieve BS 7750 (now ISO 14000) for BDO Binder Hamlyn.
Following the great smog disaster of December 1952, the City of London Corporation (COLC) passes a local Clean Air directive in 1953 leading to the Clean Air Act of 1956.