Last updated: 10:32 / Friday, 20 November 2015
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“Investing in a Low-Carbon Economy”: New Mirova Publication Encourages Investors to Become Actively Involved in COP21

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“Investing in a Low-Carbon Economy”: New Mirova Publication Encourages Investors to Become Actively Involved in COP21
  • Mirova’s study provides an in-depth analysis highlighting the challenges of climate change and presents methods for investors to effectively measure their carbon footprint
  • To maintain the economy in a “2 degree” trajectory, it is vital to redirect savings towards companies and projects promoting energy transition.
  • In order to redirect capital towards investments promoting energy transition, Mirova is proposing solutions involving all asset classes

Mirova, the Responsible Investment division of Natixis Asset Management, has published “Investing in a low-carbon economy", a guide for investors to become COP21 compliant. Mirova’s study provides an in-depth analysis highlighting the challenges of climate change and presents methods for investors to effectively measure their carbon footprint. Mirova offers a unique range of investment solutions promoting energy transition across all asset classes.

COP21: mobilising private investors is a necessity

To maintain the economy in a “2 degree” trajectory, it is vital to redirect savings towards companies and projects promoting energy transition.

Philippe Zaouati, Head of Mirova explains: “The energy transition can only succeed if we manage to mobilise private investors’ savings. The success of COP21 therefore also depends on the ability of asset management firms to propose solutions in response to the climate challenge, whilst delivering the returns expected by investors”.

Accurately measuring your carbon footprint

In response to growing demands on investors to make greener investments, Mirova, in partnership with the leading carbon strategy specialist consultant Carbone 4, has developed an innovative methodology to measure the carbon footprint of an investment portfolio. This decision-making tool assesses a company’s contribution to the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions (GGE).

Hervé Guez, Head of Mirova Responsible Investing, comments: “Measuring the overall impact of a business on the environment is an essential step towards acting against global warming. Assessing the carbon footprint is therefore a indispensable stage in the construction of portfolios contributing to energy transition”.

Low-carbon investments across all asset classes

In order to redirect capital towards investments promoting energy transition, Mirova is proposing solutions involving all asset classes:

  • Renewable energy infrastructures: 100% low carbon allocation. For more than 10 years now, Mirova has provided European institutions with access to investments in project companies based on renewable energy assets in France and Europe. Mirova’s renewable energies funds have generated 730 MW of new production capacity and contributed to avoiding 1.4 million of CO2 emissions.
  • Green bonds: a direct link between financing and projects: Mirova was one of the first asset management firms in the world to launch a green bond product. By financing tangible assets and ensuring transparency regarding the deployment of the capital raised, green bonds enable issuers to diversify their investor bases, while enabling investors to actively participate in financing the energy transition.
  • Listed equities: committed theme-based asset management: Mirova proposes fundamental conviction-based asset management covering European and global equities, focusing on companies providing sustainable development solutions.
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