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Article | 11 March 2021 | ESG
The race to zero
In the past weeks, payments provider Mastercard and computing pioneer IBM have both pledged to become net zero for carbon emissions. This means that they will offset their carbon emissions by removing an equal amount from the atmosphere. There are many ways to achieve this, from restoring forests to harnessing new carbon-capturing technology.
Mastercard and IBM are the latest in a growing list of companies and governments that have pledged to become net zero, as the risks of climate change become increasingly clear. Global net zero commitments roughly doubled in 2020, and there is no sign of a slowdown in 2021. In January, US President Joe Biden announced the United States’ net zero ambitions, joining the European Union, China and many others. Companies such as Amazon and Microsoft have made similar pledges. The AXA Group has also shown its commitment to net zero emissions, by joining the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance. AXA and other members have committed to achieving carbon-neutral investment portfolios by 2050.
To reach these ambitious targets, carbon emissions will need to be cut drastically over the coming years. There are countless different ways to do this. But a transition towards clean energy and transport appears to be high on the global agenda, alongside more energy-efficient buildings and agriculture. These widespread changes across society will create many new opportunities for investors, as well as risks for those companies or industries that are left behind.
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