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SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH
January 2021

The Climate Transition: High Noon for Investors

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"We only have 7 years left until global warming reaches 1.5°C." This is the sober, albeit abridged, conclusion of the scientific studies of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). There is a direct link between the greenhouse gases emitted by humans and the rise in temperature compared to the pre-industrial era. If emissions rise, the temperature rises as well. If humankind wants to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C, the IPCC estimates that we will only be able to emit a total of 300 gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2e. This is the so-called carbon budget we have left. It implies that CO2 emissions must be radically reduced. The less we emit today, the longer the budget will last in the future. But by 2050, humanity should aim for net-zero carbon emissions, which means that by then the same amount of carbon should be absorbed as emitted - a very ambitious plan!

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