Yi Zheng

Manager, Edinburgh

Yi Zheng

Yi specialises in Sustainability & Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), a service provided by the Business Advisory Group at Saffery.

She supports clients on ESG strategy, carbon accounting, climate transition planning and sustainability reporting. Yi also provides assurance services on ESG metrics.

Yi has set up and improved ESG strategies for clients in both private and public sectors, including construction & real estate, hospitality, consumer goods, manufacturing, local authorities and education.

In the ever-evolving sustainability space, Yi has provided guidance on Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) and Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which form part of the annual report and accounts. She has also conducted training sessions on international sustainability frameworks and disclosure requirements to help senior leadership teams navigate the complex sustainability reporting landscape.

Yi is a member of the Sustainability Steering Group at Saffery.

Key experience

  • Conducting materiality assessment for ESG strategy setting and meeting sustainability disclosures requirements,
  • Performing corporate carbon accounting in line with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol – Corporate Accounting Standard,
  • Providing guidance on Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) for UK entities,
  • Producing Climate-related Financial Disclosure aligned with the recommendations provided by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD),
  • Establishing climate transition plans aligning to the gold standard produced by the Transition Plan Taskforce,
  • Providing limited assurance on ESG metrics aligned with ISAE 3000 & ISAE 3410,
  • Supporting clients on ESG due diligence and ESG rating, such as CDP,
  • Providing bespoke training and workshops on sustainability and ESG reporting frameworks.


Yi lives in Scotland and enjoys winter more than summer. An ideal weekend for her would be nestling into a cozy corner with a good book and mellow music, especially when it’s snowy or rainy outside. She has taken up crocheting as a new hobby.