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Disclosure on climate change: Analysing the UK ETS effects


  • de Aguiar, Thereza Raquel Sales
  • Bebbington, Jan


The objective of this paper is to explore the nature of disclosure on climate change in annual and standalone reports of organisations who took part in the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS). This article uses content analysis to codify disclosure in order to compare disclosure in different media as well as the possible effect that membership in an emissions trading scheme may have had on reporting. The results suggest the UK ETS was associated with differences in disclosure. This study contributes to the literature by providing a longitudinal study in two disclosure media in the UK ETS context.

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  • de Aguiar, Thereza Raquel Sales & Bebbington, Jan, 2014. "Disclosure on climate change: Analysing the UK ETS effects," Accounting forum, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 227-240.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:accfor:v:38:y:2014:i:4:p:227-240
    DOI: 10.1016/j.accfor.2014.10.002

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