Investment strategy & frameworks for the low-carbon transition

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Responsible Investor and FTSE Russell

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This RI webinar will take a challenging look at changing approaches to investing in a low-carbon world. The discussion will clarify the debate over strategies that target the green economy or a low-carbon transition. Insurance giant AXA is now calling on companies to issue transition bonds as well as green ones and the EU taxonomy has been expanded to consider both green economic activity and those that enable the transition to net zero emissions. Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance recommended the development of transition-linked asset classes to help decarbonise the economy. Can ongoing investor and government support for large fossil fuel producers actually accelerate decarbonisation, or is it time for investors to wind-up the most emissions intensive companies? All of these developments point to a broadening of the sustainable finance policy agenda to include fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries. Is this sophisticated ‘greenwashing' on the part of investment professionals and policy advisors in countries who have large and influential fossil fuel sectors? Or is the incorporation of high-carbon companies into these strategies an authentic evolution in the way that investors and policymakers support the transition to net zero emissions? Speakers from FTSE Russell, AXA Investment Managers, and Scotiabank will address the question: 'should investors be broadening their investment universes to include the ‘climate transition’ when creating low-carbon investment products?' Speakers: David Harris, Group Head, Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group & Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell Yo Takatsuki, Head of ESG Research and Active Ownership, AXA IM Peter Johnson, Chair, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Task Group, Green and Transition Finance Moderator: Sophie Robinson-Tillett, Deputy Editor, Responsible Investor

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