October 11, 2021

Towards investor-oriented carbon targets data

As the low carbon transition accelerates, an understanding of where carbon risks lie − which parts of portfolios are transitioning, and which ones are behind the trend − will help meet asset owners’ and investment managers’ net zero commitments.

Corporate GHG emissions reduction targets form the basis of this analysis. This paper proposes a TCFD-aligned framework for standardising and improving the quality of corporate GHG emissions reduction targets, and recommends further alignment and wider publication of targets.

These improvements would provide critical support to investors in their evaluation of future emissions performance in the context of the Paris goals, while facilitating the allocation of capital to help companies accelerate their decarbonisation trajectories.

FTSE Russell has developed the following TCFD-aligned framework to promote concise and unambiguous disclosures of corporate GHG emissions reduction targets, to provide stakeholders with consistent insights into GHG emissions strategies across companies.