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Joana Setzer Q&A: On the climate litigation front line

9 Apr 2021

Joana Setzer from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at LSE discusses the implications on governments and companies of the growing wave of climate litigation.

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Law and climate disorder: Understanding physical, transition and litigation risk

9 Apr 2021

Major listed companies are finding themselves the target of legal action designed to make them move faster towards a lower carbon world. These cases could mark an inflection point; when the conversation turns toward specific responsibilities to move away from fossil fuels rather than broad commitments to change.

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Living in the past: Why are controversy scores so controversial?

8 Apr 2021

Many investors use controversy scores as a filter to avoid firms whose damaging behaviour has hit the headlines, from human rights violations to environmental disasters. But these scores have serious limitations, making them an inadequate tool for investors who want to manage ESG risks and have a positive impact.

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Lean on me: How can bond investors influence government climate action?

25 Mar 2021

The coronavirus epidemic has further accelerated the rise of ESG into the investment mainstream. As deficits skyrocket, bond investors have an opportunity to engage with governments on climate change, argues Thomas Dillon.

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Building a better world after COVID-19

18 Mar 2021

There is a growing consensus among companies, governments and electorates across the globe that the world after the pandemic should be greener. But how should we go about this?

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Podcast: A clear green premium

18 Mar 2021

Our Head of ESG, Ed Dixon, recently joined Blackstock Consulting on a PropCast episode to launch their new series of ESG insights with industry leaders. Together, they discussed how the government needs to be partnering with businesses to reach their climate pledges, how the “green premium” is yielding higher rents for eco-friendly offices, and much more.

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Cut it out! The complex quest to decarbonise heating

16 Mar 2021

More countries are contemplating their visions for a lower carbon world. Norway has excluded fossil fuels entirely for heating buildings, while others are taking a more nuanced approach. So, what are the options for those with environment at the heart of their agenda?

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Is ‘purpose’ the new green? Pandemic exposes leaders and laggards in stakeholder capitalism

11 Mar 2021

In 2019, some of the world’s biggest companies pledged to look beyond short-term shareholder value and protect the interests of all stakeholders. The coronavirus pandemic has put these commitments to the test, says Mirza Baig.

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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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