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Most Industrial, Minerals Firms’ Targets Off Track for 2050

Just 37% of industrials and materials companies are set to align with 1.5°C by 2050, according to the Carbon Performance: Industrials and Materials 2023 scorecard from the London School of Economics’ Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) Centre. The scorecard evaluated 150 industrials and materials companies across the steel, cement, diversified mining, aluminium and pulp and paper sectors. It found that in most sectors, companies are more likely to align with 1.5°C in the long-term (2050) rather than the short-term (2025) or the medium term (2035). On average, diversified mining companies exhibited the greatest alignment against the 1.5°C benchmark at 55%, while cement firms showed the least at 17%. The steel sector’s alignment was 35%, followed by paper at 28% and aluminium at 27%. Five out of the 10 ‘leaders’ in reducing emissions were from the steel sector, while five out of the 13 ‘improvers’ were from the cement sector. More than 40% of the assessed firms have no or unsuitable disclosure meaning that the TPI Centre were unable to perform a Carbon Performance assessment. More than half (53%) of the ‘no disclosure’ companies were from the cement sector.  

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