The focus on net-zero is intensifying
The world is running out of time to reach net-zero. At their current rate of emissions, the world’s publicly listed companies are on track to burn through their remaining share of the global emissions budget for keeping temperature rise to 1.5°C by 2026.
- Investors may need all the tools at their disposal
- Why net-zero matters for investors
- The focus on net-zero is intensifying
- How investors can drive the transition to net-zero
- How net-zero differs from zero carbon emissions
- What are the estimated costs of climate change?
- The tie between climate change and biodiversity
Accelerating action to avert a climate catastrophe
Average global temperatures are very likely to rise 1.5°C above preindustrial levels by 2040 and continue rising for at least another decade, putting every region on a heading toward heatwaves, floods, drought and other extremes of weather, according to the IPCC’s latest report, which reflects the scientific consensus. The findings, which come as leaders across the world prepare to gather in in Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit, underscore the need for companies and capital-markets participants to redouble their efforts to reach net-zero across their businesses and portfolios.
The world’s publicly listed companies are emitting 11.1 billion tons of greenhouse gases collectively every year. That puts them on a trajectory to exceed their share of the global carbon budget as soon as 2026, according to the latest analysis by MSCI. The estimate reflects companies’ share of the global carbon budget, which is the total amount of greenhouse gas that we can put into the atmosphere without breaching a 1.5°C threshold.