Further delay in driving greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero would undermine the ability of nature and society to adapt to the perils of a warming planet and dim prospects for a livable future, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns.
The first week of the COP26 conference in Glasgow produced promises by world leaders to slash methane emissions, end deforestation and speed the development of clean technologies. A number of countries also strengthened pledges to reach net-zero. Here are some of the takeaways.
As COP26 approaches, governments across the world are revisiting their nationally determined contributions, which set out country decarbonization targets. This interactive map developed by MSCI ESG Research shows which countries are strengthening pledges to reduce emissions between now and 2030.
Investors are assessing the resilience of companies to climate risk and the transition to a net-zero world, and are focusing their shareholder engagement accordingly. The goal: to influence companies to consider the risks and opportunities of climate change.
Investors can play a critical role in the transition to net-zero by allocating capital to companies with achievable net-zero targets, by excluding those with poor records on emissions and by using engagement to influence companies’ long-term strategies.
The Paris Agreement rests on a determination by each signatory country regarding the action it will take to address climate change. Nationally determined contributions (NDCs), which set out countries’ climate targets, measures and policies, form the basis for global action.
Here are terms that will help investors as they take steps to decarbonize their portfolios. Some of the terms come from climate science and others from investing. Together they form a lexicon for bringing sustainable investment to scale.