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04 Nov 21
Five key takeaways from COP26 for investors
The Conference of the Parties has been as enlightening as it has been surprising. We’ve learned so much about Climate Change and how we need to act now before it is too late. We’ve been shocked by so many climate advocates flying in by private jet. But what has the COP26 event shown investors? We look at some key points to take away.
- The time is now! We have been told that we are at ‘one minute to midnight’ with regards to climate change. If you have been considering putting your money into greener funds then there is no better time.
- Experts are warning that the climate crisis could trigger the next financial meltdown. For example, the extreme weather we have been seeing is already generating an economic cost and as we see more and more of it, it will only damage economies further.
- Caution is still required after a Treasury Minister admitted that firms could be given “the new green gold standard" and still invest in new coal production. A case of Caveat Emptor?
- The goal of Net Zero means some industries may no longer be as attractive to investors. For example, heavier polluters such as the transport industry could suffer due to new carbon pricing policies.
- The new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) hope to prevent greenwashing and aim to ensure that investors will have the information they need to make informed decisions about where to invest.