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Over half of world’s largest private firms fails to set net-zero emissions targets

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🗞️ Driving the news: A recent report finds that only 40 of the world's 100 largest private firms have committed to net-zero carbon emissions targets, significantly trailing behind public companies, which show a greater adoption rate at 70 out of 100

🔭 The context: Private firms face less market and reputational pressure than their public counterparts, contributing to slower progress on climate commitments 
• The report stresses the need for all sectors to align with the 2015 Paris Agreement goals to limit global warming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: With private companies constituting a substantial part of the global economy, their commitment to reducing emissions is crucial for significant environmental impact
• These firms, located mainly in high-emission countries, can influence broader industry standards

⏭️ What's next: New regulations, such as the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Due Diligence Directives, will soon require large companies to disclose and actively reduce their climate impacts
• This legislative push aims to accelerate compliance among private firms

📈 One stat: Only 40% of the world's largest private firms have set net-zero targets

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