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Our collective efforts to decarbonize markets are not happening fast enough – at this point in time it seems almost impossible that we’ll meet the goal to limit global temperature increases to well below 2 degrees Celsius, as pledged by 195 policy leaders at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Despite technological progress and many good efforts by governments, corporations and consumers, we continue to dump more, rather than less, gases that cause global warming into the atmosphere, largely due to the burning of fossil fuels and the industrial use of animal stock (see the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2018).

Despite the modest progress made so far, several recent developments indicate that we might be entering a new era of decarbonization and a new way of doing business that may ultimately lead to dramatic emission reductions.

First, climate change is no longer a distant problem on the horizon that is discussed by scientists and activists only. The recent waves of natural disasters, wildfires, droughts and extreme weather have been urgent reminders of the effects man-made global warming has on our lives. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s recent report has been a wake-up call for many decision makers. The report shows how a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius will cause significant health problems and social and economic dislocations. And a recent report by the U.S. government, the 4th National Climate Assessment, spells out the dire consequences for the United States.

As evidence of the impact of climate change will undoubtedly intensify, our willingness to react will increase ever more over time. And as we are learning that markets do not function in isolation but depend on a healthy natural environment, ideas and technologies that enable low carbon and environmentally friendly economic growth are bound to become dominant forces. Value systems will change and so will valuation of well-being and market success. The speed at which this will unfold will depend on the degree of harmony between the different market actors.

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Second, the solutions required to tackle global warming are well known and available. What is missing is the political will to phase out old policies and to replace them with smart ones that encourage the protection rather than the destruction of our natural environment, and that put a price on carbon high enough to stimulate the growth of clean energy systems. The political track record so far has been mixed at best. Old dogmas are still shaping market systems. The myth that green growth comes at the expense of the economy is still cultivated in some circles which have a short-term interest to maintain the status quo. After all, there is still money to be made by burning the globe. Worse, geopolitics is back and trumps markets again. This raises the worrisome spectrum of turning back the clock to the dark ages.

But there are also encouraging developments that point the way forward. Small economies such as Sweden and Costa Rica show that with the right policy alignments and the collaboration of the corporate and finance community, and with the support of the people, rapid decarbonization is not only possible, it is also highly profitable and an engine of long term growth, technological excellence and social wellbeing.

These examples are inspiring, but of course over time the big powers will need to change as well and a new level of global cooperation is required. Irrespective of how big power rivalry will unfold, it is fair to assume that ultimately nature will force our hands, one way or the other. And maybe climate change will out of necessity become the unifying force of humanity and give the arms race a common enemy at last. Historians and philosophers have long known it: The Enemy is Us.

Third, even in the absence of strong political leadership, there are promising market-led developments that suggest that systemic change is in the making. For many years, numerous organizations around the world, such as the United Nations Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the We Mean Business Coalition, and the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) have worked with corporations to reduce emissions by setting targets and disclosing relevant information – albeit with only incremental success. They recently pooled efforts around the Science Based Targets Initiative in order to ensure a better level playing field and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) has given much impetus for the disclosure of relevant information.

We can also now witness bold actions by corporations around the world indicating that the time for major transformation has come at last. For example, the German company Volkswagen recently announced ambitious plans to spend over EUR40 billion through 2023 in the critical areas of electrification and e-mobility. This in turn will have a signal effect on suppliers and consumers and will expedite the use of renewable energy and smart power systems. The Chinese GEIDCO initiative is busy supporting the building of high voltage transmission lines that enable the transport of renewable energy in many countries over long distances and with minimal losses. In Norway and Sweden, numerous innovative partnerships are developing clean energy and digitalization solutions, covering areas such as shipping, heavy road transportation and “green battery concepts”.

True, corporate actions have so far only had little impact on the overall picture. The 2017 Yale University study Who’s Acting On Climate Change, for example, shows that if the commitments made by the 2,100 companies and 6,900 cities covered in the study were fully implemented, this would amount to a reduction of only 1.5 to 2.0 billion tons of CO2 emissions, less than 4% of the current 52 billion tons we collectively emit into the atmosphere every year. To reach greater scale and impact, many more companies and other non-state actors need to take bold climate actions. In the absence of policy incentives, it is hard to see how this will happen.

However, not only corporations are on the move. Investors have increasingly been picking up the signal that climate change is affecting their portfolios. Since the launch of the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2005, the finance community has increasingly been integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their analysis and decision making. Today, over US$ 20 trillion assets under management globally are now invested according to ESG factors (see The Remarkable Rise of ESG). Some investors are opting for divestment of fossil fuel options which have reached over US$ 6 trillion.

Many mainstream investors, however, are adopting “soft transition” strategies that allow for proactive engagement and provide incentives for corporations to improve their emission footprint. As perceptions about risks and opportunities are changing fast, so do concepts of valuation. New tools such as Arabesque S-Ray and the forthcoming “Celsius Score” – which evaluates companies based on their climate performance – enable investors to relocate capital away from polluting companies or from companies that are unwilling to improve their climate footprint towards future-fit companies for whom decarbonization is a winning strategy. There is still much work to be done to improve disclosure and data availability. But thanks to digitalization and artificial intelligence, even fragmented data already enables investors to establish robust relationships between material corporate performance and financial valuation, and thus drive decarbonization.

The alignment between sustainable finance and responsible business has all the ingredients to become a transformative force on an unprecedented scale. By showing that there is more money to be made by funding clean and green practices than by burning the globe, market-led changes not only accelerate decarbonization on a massive scale. They also show governments the way forward, and encourage them to take bold actions to replace outdated industrial-era policies with climate-smart policies which we ultimately need to defeat the climate change threat.

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Our cumulative efforts to decarbonize markets are not taking place quick adequate- at this moment in time it appears nearly difficult that we’ll fulfill the objective to restrict worldwide temperature level increases to well listed below 2 degrees Celsius, as vowed by 195 policy leaders at the 2015 United Nations Environment Modification Conference. Regardless of technological development and lots of great efforts by federal governments, corporations and customers, we continue to discard more, instead of less, gases that trigger worldwide warming into the environment, mostly due to the burning of nonrenewable fuel sources and the commercial usage of animal stock( see the International Energy Firm’s (**************** ) World Energy Outlook2018(*************** )).

Regardless of the modest development made up until now, numerous current advancements show that we may be going into a brand-new period of decarbonization and a brand-new method of working that might eventually cause significant emission decreases.

First, environment modification is no longer a far-off issue on the horizon that is talked about by researchers and activists just. The current waves of natural catastrophes, wildfires, dry spells and severe weather condition have actually been immediate suggestions of the results manufactured worldwide warming has on our lives. The Intergovernmental Panel on

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As proof of the effect of environment modification will certainly heighten, our desire to respond will increase ever more in time. And as we are finding out that markets do not work in seclusion however depend upon a healthy natural surroundings, concepts and innovations that make it possible for low carbon and eco-friendly financial development are bound to end up being dominant forces. Worth systems will alter therefore will appraisal of wellness and market success. The speed at which this will unfold will

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These examples are motivating, however obviously in time the huge powers will require to alter too and a brand-new level of worldwide cooperation is needed. Regardless of how huge power competition will unfold, it is reasonable to presume that eventually nature will require our hands, one method or the other. And possibly environment modification will out of need end up being the unifying force of mankind and offer the arms race a typical opponent at last. Historians and theorists have actually long understood it: The Opponent is

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that make it possible for the transportation of renewable resource in lots of nations over cross countries and with very little losses. In Norway and Sweden, many ingenious collaborations are establishing tidy energy and digitalization services, covering locations such as shipping, heavy roadway transport and” green battery principles”.

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First, environment modification is no longer a far-off issue on the horizon that is talked about by researchers and activists just. The current waves of natural catastrophes, wildfires, dry spells and severe weather condition have actually been immediate suggestions of the results manufactured worldwide warming has on our lives. The Intergovernmental Panel on Environment Modification( IPCC)’s current report has actually been a wake-up call for lots of choice makers. The report demonstrates how a temperature level boost of 1.5 degrees Celsius will trigger substantial health issue and social and financial dislocations. And a current report by the U.S. federal government, the fourth National Environment Evaluation , define the alarming effects for the United States.(**************** )

As proof of the effect of environment modification will certainly heighten, our desire to respond will increase ever more in time. And as we are finding out that markets do not work in seclusion however depend upon a healthy natural surroundings, concepts and innovations that make it possible for low carbon and eco-friendly financial development are bound to end up being dominant forces. Worth systems will alter therefore will appraisal of wellness and market success. The speed at which this will unfold will depend upon the degree of consistency in between the various market stars. (************ ). 2nd, the services needed to take on worldwide warming are popular and readily available. What is missing out on is the political will to phase out old policies and to change them with clever ones that motivate the security instead of the damage of our natural surroundings, which put a rate on carbon high adequate to promote the development of tidy energy systems. The political performance history up until now has actually been blended at finest. Old dogmas are still forming market systems. The misconception that green development comes at the cost of the economy is still cultivated in some circles which have a short-term interest to preserve the status quo. After all, there is still loan to be made by burning the world. Worse, geopolitics is back and surpasses markets once again. This raises the uneasy spectrum of reversing the clock to the dark ages.

However there are likewise motivating advancements that point the method forward.
Little economies such as Sweden and Costa Rica reveal that with the best policy positionings and the cooperation of the business and financing neighborhood, and with the assistance of individuals, quick decarbonization is not just possible, it is likewise extremely lucrative and an engine of long term development, technological quality and social wellness.

These examples are motivating, however obviously in time the huge powers will require to alter too and a brand-new level of worldwide cooperation is needed. Regardless of how huge power competition will unfold, it is reasonable to presume that eventually nature will require our hands, one method or the other. And possibly environment modification will out of need end up being the unifying force of mankind and offer the arms race a typical opponent at last. Historians and theorists have actually long understood it: The Opponent is United States.

Third, even in the lack of strong political management, there are guaranteeing market-led advancements that recommend that systemic modification remains in the making. For several years, many companies around the globe, such as the United Nations Global Compact , the International Reporting Effort (GRI) , the We Mean Company Union , and the Environment Disclosure Task (CDP) have actually dealt with corporations to lower emissions by setting targets and divulging appropriate info – albeit with just incremental success. They just recently pooled efforts around the Science Based Targets Effort in order to guarantee a much better equal opportunity and the Job Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) has actually offered much motivation for the disclosure of appropriate info.

We can likewise now witness vibrant actions by corporations around the globe showing that the time for significant improvement has actually come at last. For instance, the German business Volkswagen just recently revealed enthusiastic prepares to invest over EUR 40 billion through 2023 in the crucial locations of electrification and e-mobility. This in turn will have a signal result on providers and customers and will speed up using renewable resource and clever power systems. The Chinese GEIDCO effort is hectic supporting the structure of high voltage transmission lines that make it possible for the transportation of renewable resource in lots of nations over cross countries and with very little losses. In Norway and Sweden, many ingenious collaborations are establishing tidy energy and digitalization services, covering locations such as shipping, heavy roadway transport and “green battery principles”.

Real, business actions have up until now just had little effect on the total image. The 2017 Yale University research study Who’s Performing On Environment Modification , for instance, reveals that if the dedications made by the 2, 100 business and 6, 900 cities covered in the research study were totally carried out, this would total up to a decrease of just 1.5 to 2.0 billion lots of CO2 emissions, less than 4 % of the existing 52 billion lots we jointly discharge into the environment every year. To reach higher scale and effect, much more business and other non-state stars require to take vibrant environment actions. In the lack of policy rewards, it is tough to see how this will occur.

Nevertheless, not just corporations are on the relocation. Financiers have actually progressively been getting the signal that environment modification is impacting their portfolios. Given that the launch of the United Nations-supported Concepts for Accountable Financial Investment (PRI) in 2005, the financing neighborhood has actually progressively been incorporating ecological, social and governance (ESG) elements into their analysis and choice making. Today, over US$ 20 trillion properties under management worldwide are now invested according to ESG elements (see The Amazing Increase of ESG ). Some financiers are going with divestment of nonrenewable fuel source alternatives which have actually reached over US$ 6 trillion.

Numerous traditional financiers, nevertheless, are embracing “soft shift” methods that permit proactive engagement and offer rewards for corporations to enhance their emission footprint. As understandings about dangers and chances are altering quick, so do principles of appraisal. New tools such as Arabesque S-Ray and the upcoming “Celsius Rating” – which assesses business based upon their environment efficiency – make it possible for financiers to transfer capital far from contaminating business or from business that hesitate to enhance their environment footprint towards future-fit business for whom decarbonization is a winning technique. There is still much work to be done to enhance disclosure and information schedule. However thanks to digitalization and expert system, even fragmented information currently makes it possible for financiers to develop robust relationships in between material business efficiency and monetary appraisal, and therefore drive decarbonization.

The positioning in between sustainable financing and accountable company has all the components to end up being a transformative force on an extraordinary scale. By revealing that there is more loan to be made by moneying tidy and green practices than by burning the world, market-led modifications not just speed up decarbonization on an enormous scale. They likewise reveal federal governments the method forward, and motivate them to take vibrant actions to change out-of-date industrial-era policies with climate-smart policies which we eventually require to beat the environment modification hazard.

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