Across the industrial sector, low-carbon investing naturally leans toward renewable energy opportunities, like wind and solar power. But it can go beyond just renewables, and more industrial companies are taking the extra step to lower emissions with efficient energy technologies and by more accurately measuring their carbon footprint.

Investing in companies committed to low carbon emissions is both environmentally helpful and potentially rewarding. Most steps by companies to shrink a carbon footprint involve reducing current or future emissions by focusing on managing and reduction. But the clock is ticking toward a global net-zero carbon goal by 2050. And a small but growing number of companies are widening the scope of their decarbonization focus to include emissions savings and prevention, especially in their building facilities, which alone are responsible for 40% of all global CO2 emissions.

Incentives Grow for Companies to Save and Prevent Carbon Emissions

Although few companies gauge carbon-emissions savings now, we think the number will quickly grow. Sales growth will increasingly become tightly hinged on whether a company can accelerate the delivery or adoption of savings targets, especially with global governments and the private sector more united than ever behind the cause.

Some 200 countries now support the Paris Agreement and its aggressive goals to address global warming. New policies to deliver on the Paris Agreement and fight climate change are constant catalysts for higher public spending to help countries and businesses comply and to create demand for smarter public works, office parks and factories, to name a few. The European Green Deal, for example, will boost annual investment in energy systems and related infrastructure by an estimated €175–€300 billion (US$208–$357), and some US$2.2 trillion in low-carbon initiative spending is expected across emerging-market countries in the next two decades.

We believe this highly incentivizes more private-sector solutions for energy management, which will continue to unfurl in areas historically not known for it, such as transportation, industrials and building structures. And with just 1% of buildings even close to the Paris Agreement’s net-zero emissions target, demand for upgrades and renovations will grow exponentially in the next decade.

Scope 4 Emissions Help Gauge a True Carbon Footprint

From the service sector to heavy industrials, most businesses produce carbon, either directly or somewhere along their value chain. Carbon-output levels and types vary; however, we believe in factoring in the impact of CO2 emissions on the bottom line, also known as price on carbon.