Carbon Disclosure today launched its first report on global carbon pricing.
The report, that gathered environmental information from companies worldwide on behalf of investors, found that 150 companies incorporate an internal carbon price, including banking group Goldman Sachs and oil firm ExxonMobil. The prices range from $46-$80 per tonne.
Approximately 40 nations and 20 states, regions and cities have set up or are planning to set up carbon pricing by taxing on emissions. Another option being considered is setting up emissions trading systems that cap emissions and allow companies to buy and sell permits to emit.
Federal lawmakers however have blocked efforts to price carbon emissions at a national level amid fears over costs and job losses. Alongside environmental campaigners they are putting pressure on big emitting companies to report the risks businesses bring to climate change.
Australia, one of the biggest emitters of CO2 per capita, scraped a carbon tax arguing that it was hurting and making energy bills rise. Australia and the EU Emissions trading system account for 22% of global emissions.
The report comes one week before 125 world leaders gather in new York form a climate change summit convened by UN Secretary Ban-Ki Moon.