Capital-markets participants are committing to transition their portfolios to net-zero emissions by 2050. They are also forming alliances to enshrine commitments, deepen industry insight, share best practices and marshal their collective influence to address the risks and opportunities of climate change.
The worst effects of climate change are happening already and may be irreversible without bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero in the coming decades, the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds.
Thousands of government officials, leaders of business and finance, academics, members of nongovernmental organizations and journalists will gather in Glasgow this November for the COP26 talks with the aim of accelerating action toward achieving global sustainability goals.
Emissions-trading programs limit the carbon that companies can release. By imposing a cap on emissions and allowing companies to buy and sell their unused allowances, such programs put a price on carbon and incentivize the move toward clean energy.
Financial regulators across the world are intensifying their focus on climate risk. Regulators are focusing on both the physical risks of climate change such as extreme weather and the risks to companies from the transition to a net-zero economy.
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.
More investors are publishing their climate-related disclosures, mapping out plans for emissions reductions and setting climate goals. The reports illustrate a variety of approaches used by investors in aiming for net-zero within their organizations and across their portfolios.