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Can a shift in UK policy help make the ESG case for nuclear?

8 Mar 2021

The UK government says nuclear energy may have a vital role to play in cutting carbon emissions. However, more detail is needed to help investors assess nuclear technology’s ESG credentials, argue Darryl Murphy and Stanley Kwong.

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Everybody wants one: Are sustainable bonds the new smartphones?

5 Mar 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance and fragility of the natural balance. As governments, companies and investors aim for a just transition, sustainable bonds are being issued at pace in different formats. Is it a fad, and do markets really need so many varieties?

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From crisis comes opportunity: What’s normal now?

2 Mar 2021

Big challenges bring us the opportunity to think differently. Our investment teams reveal what they have learnt from COVID-19, and how they are preparing to face whatever ‘normal’ emerges in a post-pandemic world.

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Weather shifts and white elephants: How climate risk is moving the goalposts for emerging market investors

10 Feb 2021

Droughts and water shortages used to be associated with the world’s poorest countries. Now middle-income economies are suffering the effects of extreme weather too, with significant implications for investors, says Will Ballard.

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The COVID Nudge

28 Jan 2021

In these data visualisations, we look at whether COVID-19 will achieve something that millions spent on public health campaigning has failed to do.

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Hot wheels: Cars, climate change and the great EV disconnect

25 Jan 2021

With traditional carmakers under intense pressure to cut emissions in the fight against climate change, investors are putting their money behind pure play electric vehicle producers. Alessandro Rovelli digs into the numbers to assess whether this trend is sustainable.

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Investing for impact in private debt to combat climate change

21 Jan 2021

Impact investment strategies will have an important role to play if the green credentials of the world’s stock of real estate is to be transformed, argue Gregor Bamert and Stanley Kwong.

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Building back better: The path to net zero

18 Jan 2021

While much of the world’s focus continues to be on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis also requires urgent attention. The number of countries and companies supporting the move to a lower-carbon world is growing, but practical challenges remain. How can we build back better after COVID, and navigate to a cleaner, safer and sustainable world?

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Our annual letter to company chairpersons

15 Jan 2021

As part of our engagement efforts, every January we send a letter to the chairs of companies we invest in (and some we don’t, but still want to use our influence with) to set out our stewardship priorities for the year. Here, in full, is our 2021 letter.

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Hydrogen: Back to the future

18 Dec 2020

The UK is the latest country to accelerate plans to develop hydrogen as part of its push to reach net zero. But it is not the first time hydrogen has attracted attention – it has been trumpeted by the scientific community as a possible wonder fuel for around a century. So, what’s changed now?

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Laggards, electric vehicles and energy storage: The outlook for the climate transition in 2021

15 Dec 2020

Jaime Ramos Martin, portfolio manager of Aviva Investors’ climate transition strategy, and Rick Stathers, Aviva Investors’ climate lead, look at three themes that will shape the outlook in 2021.

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How the US can lead on climate finance: A five-point plan for President Biden’s first year

14 Dec 2020

The US went backwards on tackling climate change under President Trump. His successor Joe Biden must act quickly to make up for lost time, says Steve Waygood.

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