Net Zero by 2050

Our commitment

The road to 2050

2020

Founding member of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative

2021

Commitment to net zero by 2050 and founding member of the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) and the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ)

By 2025

Addressing our own emissions

  • Achieve net-zero scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • Reduce our own energy consumption by 15% from 2020 levels
  • Offset historical emissions from own operations back to 2000

By 2030

Addressing the emissions of our business activities (from 2020 levels)

  • Reduce absolute financed emissions associated with UBS loans to fossil fuel companies by 71%
  • Reduce emissions intensity associated with UBS loans to power generation companies by 49%
  • Reduce emissions intensity of UBS’s commercial real estate lending portfolio by 44%
  • Reduce emissions intensity of UBS’s residential real estate lending portfolio by 42%

By 2035

Addressing our supply chain

  • Aim for net-zero GHG emissions by our key vendors

By 2050

Net zero across all of our activities (scope 1, 2, 3)

Getting to net zero means delivering on commitments. That’s why we’re taking action now to track our progress and meet our promises.

Michael Baldinger, Chief Sustainability Officer, UBS

What this means

For financing

  • We will set clear, science-based targets
  • Further tightened environmental standards for financing carbon-related assets in line with our net zero ambitions
  • Low and continuously reducing exposure to carbon-related assets

For investing

  • Founding signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative
  • Sustainable investments as the preferred solution for clients of GWM
  • Helping our clients achieve net zero emissions in their investment portfolios

For our operations

  • Targeting net zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025
  • RE100 goal met in 2020; targeting a further 15% reduction in energy consumption 2020 to 2025
  • Targeting to offset historical emissions back to 2000

How we’re leading the way

As a financial institution we know we’re stronger together.

USD 251 billion

of sustainability focus and impact investments (78% increase)

USD 23.4 billion 

invested in our Climate Aware strategies – a pioneering approach to integrate the 2°C climate change scenario into an investment solution

1st key4 Green Mortgages

Swiss real estate platform for investment properties offering sustainable mortgages launched in Switzerland

Engaging on CO2 reduction

With 46 oil, gas and utilities companies at the heart of our Climate Aware program (results: e.g. linking of manaement rewards with CO2 reduction targets)

103

issuances of green, social, sustainability or sustainability-linked bond deal transactions supported

As a company we’re taking responsibility.

174

pages of transparency. Our annual sustainability report is industry-leading, comprehensive and follows internationally recognized disclosure standards.

0

financing of new coal-fired power plant projects, new offshore oil projects in the Arctic, greenfield thermal coal mines or greenfield oil sands projects.

46

oil, gas and utilities companies at the heart of our Climate Aware engagement program (results: e.g., links between management compensation and CO2 reduction targets).

92%

Total reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (vs. 2004).  Net zero target for our own operations by 2025.

100%

Electricity from renewable sources in Switzerland since 2007 (worldwide since 2020) while reducing our energy consumption.

Thinking ahead – delivering on Net Zero

We're changing the way we do things today to create a better tomorrow – we're supporting the shift to a climate-smart world. Our climate strategy underlines our commitment to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals on affordable and clean energy and on climate action.

Connecting ideas to make a difference: driving the transition

Everyone is talking about Net Zero, but how can we reach not just a lower carbon economy but a more sustainable future? We’ve curated a selection of expert insights from across UBS and two of our partnerships, the UBS Global Visionaries and the Nobel Laureates in Economics.


Podcasts

In this episode Nobel Laureates Michael Spence, Eric Maskin, Bengt Holmstrom and Richard Thaler discuss the human impact on the environment, political denial and how we should approach the topic of the century and how to approach it on a global scale.

Over a three day UBS event in Hong Kong and Taipei, Nobel economists Bengt Holmström, Michael Spence, Robert Merton discussed the role of young people in making change happen and the importance of being able to flourish in an environment of change.

Exploring the facts and myths surrounding DEI, and a deep dive into how barriers to progress can be overcome.


Videos

Can economics help fight climate change?

Nobel Laureate, Paul Romer, discusses the serious problem of global warming and why the potential for discovering new ideas is how we’re going to solve it.

Where knowledge and nature meet

The human impact on the environment is the topic of the century and plans to mitigate the effects are on the table across the globe. With the number of environmental economists on the rise, are we closer to a climate change solution?

Is gender diversity a game changer for investment decision makers?

Gender diversity matters — and Claire Tucker, Senior Investment Officer, UBS Hedge Fund Solutions, explains why with a specialist investor panel followed by an interactive audience Q&A.

The acceleration of the energy transition

As the world transitions to a new energy reality, who will win and who will lose, and what should investors do about it?

Learn more about some of the ways we’re accelerating the sustainability transition in Switzerland