Linde is one of the oldest and largest industrial gas manufacturers with business operations spanning gas, engineering, procurement and construction. Because the industrial gas industry ranks among the world's largest emitters of CO2, there is a risk that by looking solely at standard data, investors could miss some of the positive underlying environmental attributes of the company.
For example, in 2021, Linde emitted 39.9 million metric tons of CO2, but that is not the whole story. During MFS' engagements with the company, MFS was reminded by management of the role Linde's products play in the overall economy. Overall, its products and technologies helped keep 88 million metric tons of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere by other players along the value chain. In MFS' view, these avoided emissions are relevant in their valuation of Linde, particularly as they examine the company's long-term success in the context of the transition to net zero.
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