FINANCIAL ADVICE CENTRE NEWS
Your Autumn Newsletter 2021
Your Adviser Discusses
COP26 – how the investment industry is stepping up.
Why is COP26 so important?
We are already seeing glimpses of what awaits if climate inaction continues; extreme weather events have risen in frequency, bringing devastation to countries across the globe. Furthermore, an alarming climate change report published by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in August found that “it is more likely than not” that the global temperature will reach the so-called ‘tipping point’ of 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures within the next 20 years.
The conference has four main goals:
1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach Countries are being asked to put forward ambitious carbon emissions targets by 2030.
2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats Countries will work to find ways of protecting and restoring ecosystems and preventing further habitat loss in the future.
3. Mobilise finance Developed countries must work to release trillions in private and public sector finance. COP26 – the investment industry steps up
4. Work together to deliver The challenges presented by the climate crisis can only be tackled by working together.
The investment industry has signalled its intention to play a role in the global climate transition. Launched in December, the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative has grown to over 120 investors managing $43trn – all committed to supporting the net zero goal and investing aligned with net zero emissions.
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change CEO, Stephanie Pfeifer, commented on the popularity of the initiative, “In just six months nearly half of the global asset management sector has committed to achieving net-zero emissions with their clients across the funds they manage. This marks a fundamental tipping point across the investment sector and a significant boost in efforts to tackle climate change and decarbonise the global economy.”
Investors increasingly recognise the threat posed by climate change
With so much to achieve to bring climate change under control, it can be difficult to know what we can do at an individual level.
Investors have the power to put their money into companies that are actively working to limit climate change.
We offer a range of investment filters and opportunities in our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) funds. Please contact me to chat through how these can work for you.