HomeCarbon MarketsWall Street's Carbon Crisis

Wall Street’s Carbon Crisis

A new report shows that Wall Street is the fifth-largest carbon emitter, coming in just after Russia and before Indonesia.

In 2020, 8 of the largest US Banks and 10 of the largest US asset managers financed $2 billion tons of carbon emissions.

Though major corporations have shared their support for net-zero initiatives, the “Wall Street’s Carbon Bubble” report by the Sierra Club and the Center for American Progress (CAP) says it isn’t enough.

Some banks are continuing to fund oil and heavy industries, but many have joined the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) to limit their investment in heavy emitters.

“If left unaddressed, climate change could lead to a financial crisis larger than any in living memory,” said Andres Vinelli, vice president of economic policy at CAP.

According to Insurer Swiss Re, the global economy could lose 18% of current GDP by 2048 if no action against climate change is taken. So, whether you are an environmentally-conscious investor or not, there is cause for concern.

The report went on to say that financial institutions across the 20 largest economies have $22 trillion worth of assets within carbon-intensive sectors.

Following the report’s release, SEC Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw acknowledged the concerns expressed but drew attention to actions taken at COP26.

Many public companies have pledged to reach net-zero with world leader support.

However, she did say, “It’s sometimes unclear to me how companies will achieve these goals. Nor is it clear that companies will provide investors with the information they need to assess the merits of these pledges and to monitor their implementation over time.”

Crenshaw added that “metrics calculated using reliable and comparable methodologies that enable investors to decide whether companies mean what they say” will play a significant role moving forward.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at more rigid climate reporting rules from publicly traded companies, including banks.

A ruling could take place as soon as next year.

Most Popular
LATEST CARBON NEWS

Gold Carbon Emissions and Net Zero

The World Gold Council (WGC) analyzes the impact of climate transition on the gold industry and its stakeholders, focusing on power emissions. The WGC and...

Generating Carbon Credits from Mining Waste

One of the world's biggest mining companies, BHP, is exploring generating carbon credits from its waste products through a process called "carbon mineralization". BHP is...

LanzaTech’s Bacteria Carbon Capture Tech

Chicago-based, LanzaTech, has been recycling carbon emissions into products such as clothes, aviation fuel, fragrances, and perfumes. Their patented CarbonSmart technology has shown how its carbon...

Carbon Streaming Enters Canadian Deal to Make 100M Carbon Credits

Carbon Streaming partnered with Will Solutions for a carbon credits deal to ramp up its Sustainable Community Projects in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. Carbon Streaming...
CARBON INVESTOR EDUCATION

Agricultural Carbon Credits and Carbon Farming Guide

There is a long list of sources of carbon emissions, and agriculture is one that may be hard for many people to believe. After all,...

Best Ways Companies Can Cut Carbon Emissions (3 Tips That Work)

In today’s hotter world, reducing carbon emissions has been the name of the game for everyone. So how does this apply to businesses? An increasing...

Carbon Pricing Explained: How Carbon Credits, Carbon Offsets and Taxes are Priced

Carbon pricing puts a price on the unseen costs of CO2 emissions. Learn how carbon is priced and how one method is poised for huge growth.

CBAM Carbon Pricing (EU’s 1st Cross-Border Carbon Policy)

The Paris Agreement created different ways to fight climate change and the EU's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is one of them. Several efforts were...