Nearly 400 investors with US$32 trillion in assets step up action on climate change
SAN FRANCISCO, 12 SEPTEMBER 2018 – The Investor Agenda launched today in San Francisco will support investors in accelerating and scaling-up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Its launch also demonstrates the significant momentum already evident, with 392 investors with US $32 trillion in assets collectively under management, using The Investor Agenda to highlight climate action they are already taking and making new commitments.
Announced as part of PRI in Person and the Global Climate Action Summit, The Investor Agenda provides a way for investors to directly report actions they are taking, and scale-up their commitment to act, across four key focus areas: Investment, Corporate Engagement, Investor Disclosure, and Policy Advocacy.
Capturing new data, the Investor Agenda seeks over time to reflect the full breadth and scale of global investor-led action on climate change. Bringing together and helping drive participation in a broad range of global investor initiatives, it also supports investors in taking greater action. This offers benefit to investors, in being able to better manage climate risks and capture low-carbon opportunities as a result, while also scaling-up the investor led contribution to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. Showcasing investor leadership on climate change will also be used as a way to inspire bolder commitment from investors and their peers, raising the bar and building on existing momentum.
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AIGCC CEO/CIO Asset owner Roundtable
AIGCC held the inaugural CEO/CIO Asset owner Roundtable in September 2017. This forum is the flagship event for AIGCC, bringing asset owners from Asia and internationally together in a forum of peer to peer sharing of knowledge and information. This assists in providing guidance and information developed by global investor peers on the benefits of integrating climate change risks and opportunities into their investment policies and processes.
Following on from the inaugural event, the 2018 Roundtable will once again be held in Singapore on September 12th 2018 as a side event of the Milken Institute Asia Summit. This event is a private, invitation-only event for around 20 CEO and CIO representatives from Asian institutional investors and international guests, conducted under Chatham House rules.
The aim of the event is to build on the knowledge developed in the 2017 Roundtable where the impact of climate risk for investors in Asia was discussed. It also aims to develop a deeper understanding of where climate implications can fit within ESG policy and management frameworks and how they could be applied for investors in the region.
The roundtable format discussed the latest issues of relevance to investors in the region and assist in developing resources to be made available to all investors. The report: Incorporating Climate Change into Investment Strategy, A Guide for Investors, was discussed and incorporated feedback from the 2017 event to allow investors to contribute meaningfully to the development of the guide. The guide was then translated into Chinese and Japanese and are now also available on the website.
The Asia Investor Group organises similar capacity building workshops and events in Asia for all investors including investment managers and service providers in the region that cover topics such as investor and corporate disclosure against the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), engagement and more.
Climate Action 100+ investors scale up engagement with greenhouse gas emitters, add more focus companies to drive clean energy transitionDownload
Climate Action 100+ investors scale up engagement with greenhouse gas emitters, add more focus companies to drive clean energy transition
More influential investors including AllianceBernstein, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, USD $43 billion UK pension pool Boarders to Coast Pension Partnership, and USD $64 billion Australian pension fund UniSuper sign on to initiative.
3 July 2018: Investor signatories to Climate Action 100+ have scaled up engagement with systematically important greenhouse gas emitters, while expanding their focus list of companies, adding 61 companies (Known as the + list) that have significant opportunities to drive the clean energy transition and help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Launched in December 2017 at the One Planet Summit, with 225 investors with $26 trillion in assets under management, Climate Action 100+ is now backed by 289 investors with nearly $30 trillion in assets under management, mobilising across 29 countries. The full list of investor signatories can be found here.
Japanese financial institution restricts finance to coal power
May 9, 2018 Tokyo, Japan — In response to the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company’s announcement on coal power plant finance restriction, a group of Environmental NGOs, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE Japan), Kiko Network, 350.org Japan, Greenpeace Japan and Rainforest Action Network, issued the following statement:
“We welcome the news of the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company adopting a policy to end new project financing for overseas coal power plants (1). As far as we know this is the first time that a Japanese financial institution has announced such a policy indicating the first step towards divestment from coal development. We commend this forward-thinking action taken by the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company.
However, science indicates that we cannot allow any new coal plants to be built if want to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius as set out in the Paris Agreement and prevent catastrophic climate change. So we compel the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company to take a step further by also restricting project finance for domestic coal power plants projects as well.
Major European insurance firms such as AXA and Allianz are leading the way by divesting from businesses that are involved in large-scale coal-fired power plant expansion projects. We foresee that this trend will expand throughout the financial sector.
It has been reported by the Nikkei Newspaper that Nippon Life Insurance Company is also considering putting in place similar restrictions around lending to new coal fired power plants.
Japanese financial institutions, starting with — Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Mizuho Financial Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group — should take heed of actions taken by the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company and act accordingly by adopting policies that will restrict new lending and investment into both international and domestic coal-fired power plant projects and companies involved in coal development and move toward divestment from the coal sector.”
Sourced from: Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES) and 350.org
The $7.7 trillion Transition: Major AIGCC report charts Asian climate finance
Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) launch:
The $7.7 trillion transition: Major new report charts Asian climate finance
Tuesday 6 September, Singapore: To mark the launch of the new Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) today in Singapore, the group is releasing the most comprehensive analysis to date of climate finance sector activity in Asia.
The report – Investing for the climate in Asia undertaken by Asia Research and Engagement (ARE), with the support of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), reviewed the disclosure of leading domestic financial institutions across the Asia Pacific region to understand the state of the finance industry’s response to climate change. This review included 36 banks, 30 investors, and 24 insurers.
It revealed a significant shift toward embedding climate risk and responsible investment into core business activities. However, much remains to be done, with financial regulators needing to take steps to help catalyse the shift to low carbon investment in order to reduce systemic risks and improve competitiveness.
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