The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in August 2021, warned that only drastic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions this decade can prevent us from raising global temperatures to a disastrous extent.

Climate change can often feel overwhelming, but out of adversity comes opportunity. We believe that by investing in companies willing to make the necessary changes to their businesses, we cannot only accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also reap the benefits of strong growth and earnings as these companies become market leaders.

In this article, Patrick Blais, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fundamental Equity and Margaret Childe, Head of ESG, Canada, discuss why they believe by applying science-based targets, today’s greenhouse gas emitters can become tomorrow’s market leaders.

Margaret Childe
Head of ESG Research and Integration, Canada, Manulife Investment Management
Patrick Blais, FSA, CFA
Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Manulife Investment Management’s Fundamental Equity Team

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[1] Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policymakers, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, August 7, 2021.