MSCI Sustainability Institute – The MSCI Net Zero Tracker

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The April 2024 edition of the MSCI NetZero Tracker provides an assessment of the climate progress made by the world’s publicly listed companies.  It reveals that while more companies are adopting science based climate targets, with one-fifth aiming for net zero GHG emissions by 2050, their current emissions trajectory is set to cause a global temperature increase of 3°C by the century’s end, double the 1.5°C goal set by the Paris Agreement.

The report highlights significant financial investments needed, estimated at $4.5 trillion over the next decade, to transition to a clean-energy economy. It also examines the role of carbon markets and the critical impact of upcoming elections in major countries on climate policies. Additionally, the tracker discusses the continued reliance on fossil fuels within the utilities sector and the increasing trend in corporate emissions disclosure, influenced by new regulatory frameworks like those from the U.S.