19 July 2021

UNEP FI responds to the TCFD’s consultation on its proposed guidance

UNEP FI has responded to the TCFD’s consultation on its proposed guidance on climate-related metrics, targets, and transition plans and measuring portfolio alignment: technical supplement (‘PAT Supplement’) and offered some recommendations for further enhancement of the guidance.

11 July 2021

Global insurance and reinsurance leaders establish groundbreaking net-zero alliance

Geneva/Venice, 11 July 2021—As the G20 gathers in Venice for its Climate Summit, eight of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers make a historic commitment to play their part in accelerating the transition to a net-zero emissions economy, as required by the Paris Agreement. The companies have established the Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA), convened by…

6 July 2021

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance argues for binding carbon-price corridor

Today’s global carbon-pricing landscape can and should be transformed in a matter of years and pave the way for 1.5ºC-aligned emissions regulation, according to a new discussion paper from the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, convened by the UN. Alliance members are committed to leveraging their portfolios to rapidly reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and…

1 June 2021

UNEP FI and PRI launch joint programme to boost leadership in responsible investing

Geneva, Tuesday 1 June. The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are today launching a joint programme that will accelerate leadership in responsible investment. The Investment Leadership Programme (ILP) will bring together groups of responsible investors to work on initiatives that are considered ambitious, but not yet…

27 May 2021

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance adds 5 new members managing $900 billion

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance announced the addition of five new members managing nearly one trillion US dollars of assets between them. UK-based joiners include the country’s largest long-term savings and retirement business, Phoenix Group, the country’s largest life insurer, L&G Group, and Rothesay, the UK’s largest pensions insurance specialist. Germany’s largest pension group…

20 May 2021

New ICAP framework drives investor action on climate crisis, accelerating transition to net-zero

The founding partners of The Investor Agenda released today a new tool to enable institutional investors to step up action to tackle the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy. The Investor Climate Action Plans (ICAPs) Expectations Ladder and Guidance provides investors with clear expectations for issuing and implementing comprehensive climate action…

14 May 2021

The ASCOR Project: Assessing Sovereign Climate-related Opportunities and Risks

Asset owners, BT Pension Scheme and the Church of England Pensions Board, alongside the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA), the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (Ceres), the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) are, supported by Chronos Sustainability, joining forces to create…

21 April 2021

UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance

World’s leading insurers and reinsurers and UN Environment Programme to establish pioneering Net-Zero Insurance Alliance Geneva, 21 April 2021—Seven of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers, working together with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, are currently in the process of establishing a pioneering Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA). The NZIA is expected to be launched…

21 April 2021

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance more than triples membership to 37 since 2019 launch

21 April 2021 – The United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance today announces a tripling in membership from its launch at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit in September 2019, with 37 members now committing to set and report on interim targets towards net-zero portfolio emisisons by 2050. Alliance members Wespath and the David…

20 April 2021

UNEP FI/MinterEllison Launches Litigation Risks in Adaptation Finance Paper

The fifth edition of the UNEP Adaptation Gap Report (2020) found that 72% of countries have adopted at least one national adaptation instrument in their policy planning. Most developing countries are also preparing National Adaptation Plans to strengthen their focus on climate change adaptation. However, the capital needed to implement these plans has yet to…

15 April 2021

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance’s new tool for asset manager engagement on climate-related proxy voting

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance has today released a new resource designed to help asset owners set expectations for, evaluate, and engage with asset managers on their climate-related proxy voting activities. The document, Elevating Climate Diligence on Proxy Voting Approaches: A Foundation for Asset Owner Engagement of Asset Managers, outlines a set of principles…

11 March 2021

German insurance association GDV partners with Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance welcomes Germany’s insurance industry association GDV as a supporting partner – the first insurance industry association to become a supporter of the Alliance. GDV will be in a strong position to support better science and knowledge in measuring climate change impacts on business activities. Chair of the Net-Zero Asset…

5 March 2021

Dai-ichi Life Insurance is first Asian member of Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Japan’s Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company joins the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, to become the first member based Asia. With assets under management (AUM) of $379 billion, Dai-ichi becomes the 35th member of the fast-growing Alliance, which has total AUM of $5.6 trillion. By joining the Alliance, the company commits to reducing greenhouse gas…

16 February 2021

Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance calls on asset managers to support blended finance

The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance has issued a call to asset managers to collaborate in driving the development of blended finance vehicles, with the aim of drastically ramping up investment in climate solutions. One working area of the Alliance is focused on financing transition of the real economy, which focuses on identifying priority investment…

11 February 2021

UN Secretary General calls Asset Owner Alliance the ‘gold standard for net-zero commitments

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on investors who move much of the world’s money to set increasingly ambitious targets and adopt specific plans for achieving net-zero carbon emissions. “The private sector has a crucial role to play in building a more equitable and sustainable world. Our simple objective for 2021 is to make sure…

25 January 2021

Ten UNEP FI members call on governments to step up on adaptation finance, make climate risk reporting commitments

Ten UNEP FI members are calling for greater action to boost adaptation finance and have made commitments on climate risk reporting. At the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021, the leading financial institutions delivered a statement calling for greater action on assessment, reporting and management of the physical risks of climate change, and asking policy makers to deliver mandatory disclosure requirements on climate risk.

20 January 2021

New report sheds light on sustainable financing in Arab region and provides policy recommendations

A new report provides the first in-depth analysis of  sustainable finance practices in a part of the world most vulnerable to the effects of climate change: the Arab region. Issues such as water scarcity, rising sea levels, drought, land degradation and desertification will have serious repercussions for food, energy and water security in this area. Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals – in particular those that help deal with the interlinked water-energy-food challenges – will be key to build resilient, fairer economies.