Net zero investor group members set more short-term emissions targets

Net zero investor group members set more short-term emissions targets

An incineration plant is seen in Toulouse September 14, 2022. NZAOA is helping its members decarbonise their portfolios as part of efforts to fight climate change. — AFP pic

Tuesday, 20 Sep 2022 7:32 AM MYT

LONDON, Sept 20 — The Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA) said on Tuesday that nearly two thirds of its members had set short-term goals to cut portfolio emissions in line with capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius as “the clock is ticking” on climate change.

NZAOA, which is composed of 74 investors such as pension schemes and insurance companies with a combined US$10.6 trillion (RM48.2 trillion) in assets, is helping its members decarbonise their portfolios as part of efforts to fight climate change.

While all have committed to do so by 2050, the group is increasingly asking them to implement shorter-term objectives.

“We have the requirement that every new joiner must within a year set these interim targets,” Günther Thallinger, chair of the Alliance, told Reuters.

In its second annual progress report, launched during New York Climate Week, NZAOA said 41 members had set goals to cut portfolio emissions by at least 22 per cent by 2025 or 49 per cent by 2030, commitments which cover US$3.3 trillion in assets.

“Much still remains to be done,” the group wrote as it aims to grow to 200 members, or to US$25 trillion in assets by 2025.

“While US$7.1 trillion in AUM (assets under management) is now encompassed by the Alliance’s pledge, this amount must still grow to create a significant breakthrough,” it added.

“The question whether they join us or not is very simple: ‘can they make the commitment?’ Thallinger said, pointing to an “accountability mechanism” that compels companies to make progress to protect their reputation.

NZAOA, which works with strategic advisers from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), wants standardised emissions reporting. — Reuters