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Net zero - How to cut through the buzz and take action

Net Zero can be an overwhelming topic for investors. What exactly does “net zero” mean - and is there a cost to getting there? What lessons can be learnt about the path to net zero?

This Responsible Investor webinar in partnership with ISS ESG will cut through the buzz and aim to make sense of the existing net zero initiatives while providing guidance on taking action along the pledge, plan, proceed, publish framework.

It will provide insight into planning through discussions on science-based and net-zero target setting, as well as on accelerating decarbonisation, progress tracking and compliance with disclosure regulations.

The webinar will also highlight investor perspectives on both passive and active strategies towards net zero.


Speakers:
Lorenz Stör, Head of Climate Analytics, ISS ESG
Simon Park, Sustainability Analyst, Handelsbanken
Katarina Hammar, Head of Active Ownership, Nordea

Moderator:
Daniel Brooksbank, Head of Strategic Content, Responsible Investor
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