Delivering sustainable outcomes
Global warming is one of the greatest challenges of the modern world. The scale and urgency of change needed to ensure global greenhouse gas emissions are aligned with a 1.5 degrees Celsius pathway will impact every part of the global economy. As a committed investor, acting and supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient world is fully consistent with our values.
Through our Climate Transition strategies, we invest in companies and assets driving fundamental changes toward a sustainable future. This is done by targeting opportunities that help accelerate, and benefit from, the transition to a low-carbon economy. We take a unique and innovative approach suitable for investors seeking:
A holistic approach to climate transition
We look beyond company emissions to identify the winners from the transition across a broad range of sectors. This means excluding more carbon-intensive fossil fuel companies, and investing in companies that are either mitigating or adapting to climate change, or are transition-oriented companies.
Play your part: Investing to support the climate transition
Today, the climate investment landscape is a veritable mixed bag of active and passive approaches covering a broad spectrum of investment universes and objectives. In this paper, we explore some of the pitfalls of first-generation climate strategies, the meaning of Paris or net zero aligned investments, and the benefits of adopting a holistic approach to climate change investing with a focus on science-based targets.
Climate Transition equity investment strategies
Aviva Investors Climate Transition Global Equity Fund
This strategy aims to deliver long-term capital growth by investing in companies globally that either provide solutions to climate change or orientate their business models to a low-carbon economy, while avoiding the most carbon intense fossil fuel-based companies.
Aviva Investors Climate Transition European Equity Fund
This strategy aims to deliver long-term capital growth by investing in European companies that either provide solutions to climate change or orientate their business models to a low-carbon economy, while avoiding the most carbon intense fossil fuel-based companies.
For further information on the risks and risk profiles of our funds, please refer to the relevant KIID and Prospectus.
Climate Transition Equities team
Senior GRI Analyst, Climate Specialist
Portfolio Manager, Global Equities; Senior Research Analyst
Portfolio Manager, Global Equities
Francois de Bruin
Fund Manager, Sustainable Income & Growth and Head of Listed Real Estate
Explore our equities range
A diverse range of UK equity investment solutions backed by a highly experienced team of portfolio managers and a dynamic, forward-looking investment process.
Our range of strategies is underpinned by a robust process designed to meet clients' objectives across capital growth and income.
Global emerging market equities
A range of strategies that offer investors specialist exposure to a rapidly growing asset class, with portfolios targeting income and smaller companies.
Climate change views
The cost of climate change: A big threat to sovereign debt?
3 Dec 2021
Governments around the world are struggling to avert a climate catastrophe. Regardless of whether they succeed, climate change threatens adverse consequences for government bonds, although market impacts are likely to vary.
Beyond borders: Reflections on a historic COP meeting
19 Nov 2021
COP26 was billed as ‘the most important meeting in history’. Steve Waygood had a front row seat and shares his thoughts on the climate conference.
What does the data say? All eyes on Glasgow
29 Oct 2021
In this month’s instalment of our visual series on topical data themes, we focus on climate change as the world turns its attention to the COP26 summit in Glasgow.
The AIQ Podcast: Counting emissions and accounting omissions
27 Oct 2021
Increasing numbers of governments and companies are committed to reaching net zero. But how sound is the carbon data on which these commitments are made?
A fair COP: Why social justice is vital to climate action
22 Oct 2021
For too long, issues of justice and equality have been left out of the climate conversation. But policymakers, companies and investors are slowly beginning to acknowledge the social dimensions of climate action.
We need to talk about waste: Tackling renewable energy’s dirty secret
21 Oct 2021
Renewable energy has a vital role to play if the world is to combat climate change. But its widespread adoption comes with a price. As older installations come to the end of their useful life, countries urgently need to work out what to do with the waste.
The age of climate extremes: Crises, cascades and comfort zones
20 Oct 2021
The latest assessments from climate scientists suggest some geographical zones that have been lived in for thousands of years are becoming uncomfortably hot and fire-prone or wet and vulnerable to flooding. How will humanity adapt to new extremes? Rick Stathers assesses the evidence.
Cleaning up: Transforming finance for a net zero-world
20 Oct 2021
To align with net-zero emissions targets, the financial system needs a radical transformation. Can it get there and, if it does, what should it look like in 2050?
Counting emissions and accounting omissions: The struggle to measure, monitor and manage corporate net-zero efforts
19 Oct 2021
Internalise the climate externality. That is the major task facing policymakers and corporate executives. However, this requires accurate measurement and incorporation into financial accounts and neither are straightforward.
50 shades of green
18 Oct 2021
With the noise and interest in ESG investing reaching levels that would have been unthinkable a few short years ago, much of the analysis surrounding it is becoming polarised. A more sophisticated conversation and debate is required, argues Mark Versey.
Without a global finance plan, the climate moonshot will fail
13 Oct 2021
If the world is to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, the international financial architecture needs far stronger coordination under a re-tooled OECD, writes Steve Waygood.
From outside-in to inside-out: Transforming finance for impact
8 Oct 2021
To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, finance must embrace a holistic approach to managing its impact on the environment. Eric Usher, head of UNEP FI, talks to AIQ about this shift in focus and the importance of public and private sector collaboration.
Actions and words: An interview with Dale Vince
6 Oct 2021
The prominent climate change campaigner and founder of green energy supplier Ecotricity discusses biogas, the energy crisis and the need for a shake-up in government policy to achieve net zero in a wide-ranging interview with AIQ. Words by Miles Costello.
The climate wars: Why rising temperatures mean rising conflict
23 Sep 2021
With tensions set to rise further as disputes over scarce resources intensify, we look at the geopolitical, economic and investment implications.
Crisis or opportunity of a lifetime? Rethinking the future of the planet
7 Sep 2021
Will a world beset with challenges spin into catastrophic breakdown or spur humanity to change and reach new heights? John Elkington, widely regarded as the ‘godfather of sustainability’, contemplates the future with AIQ.
Pricing carbon: Taxing polluters is the only way forward
26 Aug 2021
Nearly three decades after it first agreed to tackle climate change, the world has failed miserably to curb the growth in CO2 emissions. To succeed, it urgently needs to establish an effective price for carbon.