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81% of FTSE 100 companies lack robust plans to reach net zero

by LLB staff reporter
25th Oct 21 10:06 am

EcoAct, an Atos company, has today released The Climate Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100, Euro STOXX 50 and DOW 30. The report, which includes a leader board ranking the top 20 companies for climate disclosure, found that just 19% of the FTSE 100 have long-term emissions reduction targets to meet net-zero goals and only 3% have a long-term emissions reduction target aligned with limiting global warming to 1.5°C with most having no provision for sequestration.

The report notes two thirds of FTSE 100 companies are now committed to net zero (increasing from 45% in 2020 to 66% this year). This compares favourably against the Euro STOXX 50 and DOW 30 where 64% and 63% of businesses have committed to net zero, respectively. Yet less than a fifth of businesses across all indices have long-term reduction targets to achieve this commitment, and only 2% have strategies in place that will achieve emissions reductions in line with 1.5°C.

Up to nearly 80% across all indices, with many commercial sectors including insurance, oil and gas and consumer vehicles and parts, demonstrated alignment with the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations – the biggest year-on-year increase since they were launched. Developed by The Financial Stability Board, the TCFD recommendations provide a clear example of how governments globally can come together to create a framework that achieves a common climate goal. In addition, three-quarters of FTSE 100 businesses have set or have committed to set science-based targets (SBTs) (up from 57% last year).

The analysis revealed that with clear frameworks to follow – such as the TCFD recommendations and the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) – more and more businesses are demonstrating governance on climate change and committing to short- and medium-term targets in pursuit of net zero. However, the report highlights the importance of COP26 to agree the global pathway to net zero, and the vital need for clear government policy to support and incentivise long-term emissions reductions aligned to 1.5°C.

Commenting on the findings, Stuart Lemmon, Managing Director, Northern Europe, EcoAct said: “Businesses have a vital role to play in tackling climate change but need to be led by more ambitious long-term policy and regulation, underpinned by realistic frameworks to work within, to achieve net zero. The outcomes of COP26 will be pivotal for turning intent into action.

“Our analysis shows that when businesses have a clear framework to follow, the uptake on climate change action is vastly accelerated. This decade represents our very last chance to implement the climate policies and strategies that will see us achieve net-zero. We no longer have time to rely on a minority of leading climate change actors. All governments, businesses and society at large must do everything they can to drive rapid and meaningful change.”

Landsec has secured the number one spot in this year’s FTSE 100 leader board, closely followed by Vodafone, which has risen rapidly through the ranks to take second place, having come in 22nd in last year’s report. GlaxoSmithKline has also become one to watch having placed fourth this year having risen 24 places. Together this sees the Information, Technology and Telecommunications, and Biopharmaceuticals industries leading the pack this year, replacing Utilities and Banking.

Globally, top performers across all indices (FTSE 100, DOW 30 and Euro STOXX 50) this year were Microsoft, Apple, Landsec, Vodafone and Schneider Electric. 65% of companies across all indices have now set an SBT, a 26% increase on 2020 (with the addition of Euro STOXX in 2021). Furthermore, many more of these SBTs are in line with a well below 2⁰C or 1.5⁰C scenario – from 20% last year to 51% this year.

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