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Setting sail for a carbon-neutral future: Net Zero Insights 2022

Progress update at the start of a long and joint effort to achieve a net zero Swiss financial centre

By adopting its 2050 climate strategy, the Swiss Federal Council in accordance with the Paris Agreement is aiming for Switzerland to achieve a net zero economy and to contribute to limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial levels. 

To reach these climate goals, every sector needs to play its role and support decarbonisation with timely and impactful actions. While a large share of the burden lies with emission-intensive sectors, the financial sector can provide essential support for the transition. For the Swiss financial sector, this implies concrete action to accelerate decarbonisation, specifically through its domestic and international financing and investment management activities.

While there is a lot of work ahead, the first results show that the Swiss financial market has a proactive role in transitioning the world to net zero and thereby confirming Switzerland as a global leading hub in sustainable finance.

The Asset Management Association Switzerland (AMAS), the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA), the Swiss Insurance Association (SIA) and Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) have created a study together with PwC giving their stakeholders and society the possibility to review the progress made to achieve a net zero Swiss financial centre.

Contributors

On behalf of the following four associations, PwC Switzerland has analysed the current status of the voluntary commitment for the first time.

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Key learnings

New standards

Net zero alliances and initiatives are becoming standards for net zero engagements within the financial services industry. An active communication on net zero alliances presents institutions with an opportunity that will become more relevant in the future.

Engagements are an opportunity

Engagements in net zero alliances represent a credible opportunity to make a valuable contribution to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Following the launch of GFANZ in April 2021, a steady stream of additional financial institutions has been engaged.

Larger institutions joined net zero alliances

Remarkably, proportionately more larger institutions have tended to join net zero alliances. The efforts necessary to implement net zero policies as well as the uncertainties associated with the implementation, which pose relatively greater hurdles for smaller institutions in particular, are certainly likely to be reasons for this. Smaller players will have to develop their paths first as they do not have the resources of the larger players to develop all these plans.

A long way to go

It will require many more years of effort to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. By setting up challenging net zero goals and pathways as well as reporting on progress, the journey has just started.

Contact us

Patrick Akiki

Patrick Akiki

Partner, Financial Services Markets Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 25 19

Marc Lehmann

Marc Lehmann

Director, Operational Excellence & ESG Transformation Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 26 50

Christophe Bourgoin

Christophe Bourgoin

Partner, Investor Reporting and ESG Leader, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 25 37

Dr. Antonios  Koumbarakis

Dr. Antonios Koumbarakis

Head Sustainability & Strategic Regulatory, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 45 23