Reflecting our values as a firm and building upon our recently-announced Commitment to a Net Zero Emissions Portfolio, Terra Alpha Investments has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This expands upon our portfolio commitment to also include our firm’s operational carbon footprint, assuring that we do as much as we can to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature that independently assesses companies’ emissions reduction targets based on its science-based target setting methodologies.
By joining the initiative, we are committing to:
- Submit our recently-announced portfolio targets (which address the largest component of our carbon footprint, the emissions we finance via our investments) to the SBTi for external validation of our approach, and
- Develop and submit for validation additional targets that address emissions from our own office space and current employees (e.g., space heating and cooling, electricity consumption, business travel).
“At Terra Alpha, we expect our portfolio companies to develop Paris-aligned, SBTi-validated emissions reductions targets and plans,” says Founder and Chief Investment Officer Tim Dunn. “And we expect the same of ourselves, as demonstrated by our commitments to the SBTi Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign and the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative.”
We hold ourselves and our portfolio companies to high expectations, because we believe decarbonizing our economy is both the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. In the midst of a global energy transition, early action is an opportunity to build a competitive advantage; leaders in the transition to a low-carbon economy have incredible opportunities to build more resilient businesses and to attract and retain employees, customers, and shareholders.