GLG Network Survey: Carbon Pricing

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GLG interviewed 70 senior executives working at multinational companies across the US and Europe.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • These respondents commented on the various emission trading schemes and national carbon price that apply at present in the different countries of operations.
  • The research also looked into the importance of the Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions for different industries.
  • Lastly, the survey captured the respondents’ views on which departments have the most influence in setting-up internal carbon prices.

Examples of findings:

  • When asked what proportion of the operational costs are accounted for by a real (as opposed to shadow) carbon price, 54% of the experts mentioned more than 5%.
  • In the US, 35% of the respondents stated that the c-suite is the department responsible for setting up the internal carbon price, whereas in Europe, most respondents (32%) selected the environmental/sustainability department.
  • Overall, 70% of our experts consider it is very important for carbon price to be compared to other drivers in the future.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Graham Weale, Professor for Energy Economics at the Centre for Environment, Resources and Energy, Ruhr University Bochum.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • Which of the following emission trading schemes or national carbon price apply at present in the different countries of operations?
  • From your experience, do companies have the same carbon price for all countries in which they operate, or does it differ between the European Union, UK and US?
  • To what extent has the carbon price been driving your measures to reduce emissions as compared to other drivers?
  • How is the internal carbon price derived?
  • What is the relative importance of the Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions for companies in your sector?
  • In your view, approximately what proportion of Scope 1 emissions are covered by such schemes in your sector?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy and Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

Request other available and upcoming Network Surveys within the sector:

  • GLG Tracker: UK Energy Industry II  ​- New!
    • Second survey to follow the first wave conducted in December 2021. 30 senior executives within the UK Energy industry discussed the current trends within the industry, focusing on the key market drivers and trends, including cost volatility, policy and regulation, customer demand, technology solutions and competition.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by the former MD for Ofgem.
  • GLG Tracker: European Airports III New! 
    • Third survey to follow the second wave conducted in October 2021 and the first one in May 2021. 50 senior executives working at airports in Europe discussed their expected passenger volume and main factors that can help or slow down the recovery to pre COVID-19 levels.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Alex Kirby, former Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors at Gatwick Airport.



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