“Net-Zero Now” is a call to action for capital

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“Net-Zero Now,” a documentary by MSCI, shows how decarbonizing the global economy will depend on rechanneling capital at a scale needed to transform how the planet produces and consumes energy, and why investors will play a critical role in averting a climate disaster.

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We are in a race against time and against ourselves

As flooding, fires, storms and drought hint at the disruption to come if the planet doesn’t drive down emissions of greenhouse gases to reduce warming, it is becoming increasingly evident that investors will play a pivotal role in averting a climate catastrophe.

“Net-Zero Now” shows how investors are measuring the temperature of their portfolios, untangling corporate commitments to reach net-zero emissions and uncovering the potential for outperformance by businesses built for a net-zero world. The hour-long film examines how investors can drive the transition to an economy that removes as much carbon from the atmosphere as it puts in by using data, tools and the latest insights to navigate markets in which climate change presents a growing source of both risk and opportunity.

Always present: a sense of what’s at stake for the economy and society. “We’re talking about the equivalent of a full global industrial revolution,” says Remy Briand, MSCI’s head of ESG and one of several researchers, academics and technologists who are interviewed.

Watch the documentary in chapters

  1. The current state of play (3 minutes)

    Join us as we examine how investors can reach net-zero, position themselves to thrive in a low-carbon world and help society as it works toward keeping global temperature rise to 1.5° C . We'll look at the tools and data that can help investors set and reach their net-zero goals, using real-world examples.

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  2. The risk of not going net-zero (8 minutes)

    The shift to a net-zero world is happening. Investors will need to get ahead of the change if they are to avoid risks to their portfolios and help avert the worst effects of a warming climate.

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  3. Data and tools (10 minutes)

    There’s so much data out there, as well as so many problems to solve and so many opportunities to capture. It can be overwhelming. As investors start their transition journey, they need to know what’s useful and what’s not, what to tune out and what to pay attention to - essentially, to take this huge mass of data, and focus on what really matters. Data is a critical building block of investment solutions - and while there are many challenges surrounding it, such as interpretation, transparency, and quality - with the right tools, investors can unlock its potential. So what are these tools?

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  4. Measuring your risk (19 minutes)

    For investors and companies to get where they want to go, they need to know where they are - and if the steps they're taking now will help position them to achieve their net-zero goals.

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  5. Targets and actions (19 minutes)

    After setting climate targets, investors need to shift to a mode in which they can effect large-scale decarbonization. We'll examine approaches that investors can take. The first, an "index-linked" approach, then choosing your net-zero glide path, and finally, engaging with companies.

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