Behind the struggle to address global warming and climate change lies the increase in greenhouse gases (GhG) in our atmosphere.
A greenhouse gas is any gaseous compound in the atmosphere that is capable of absorbing infrared radiation, thereby trapping and holding heat in the atmosphere. By increasing the heat in the atmosphere, greenhouse gases are responsible for the greenhouse effect, which ultimately leads to global warming.
CO2 emissions increase since 1970: 90%
Emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes: 78%of the total GhG emissions increase from 1970 to 2011.
China is the top CO2 emitter with 30%of global CO2 emissions, followed by the United States (15%) and the European Union (9%).
The world technically has only 1/5of its “carbon budget” remainingin order to avoid warming the Earth more than 1.5°C
Global Carbon emissions from fossil fuels, 1900-2014
Our Climate Action Certificate
In order to give you the opportunity to act on Climate change through your investments, we have built an actively managed Climate Action certificate. The objective of this certificate is to invest in companies, who are significantly contributing to the reduction of climate change impact and who are taking the lead with the transit to the low carbon economy.
These companies have themselves engaged in reducing their direct and indirect GhG emissions and majority of them have set and adopted “science-based” targets to reduce their emissions. These targets are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to preindustrial temperatures. Via the environmental solutions they are developing, they help with the transformation of the current environment into a more sustainable one – less energy intensive and powered by renewable resources.