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Oct 19, 2020

We need a decisive decade of action on climate change, incorporating a sustainable recovery from COVID-19 and actions towards net zero by 2050.

A leading group of asset owners, the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance has committed to aligning their portfolios with net zero by 2050, and published how they will get there – through a draft target-setting protocol.

This podcast seeks to assist asset owners, asset managers and their service providers to:

  • understand the objectives of the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance
  • understand the draft target-setting protocol including key features and implications

Join the PRI's Sagarika Chatterjee and Swiss Re's Claudia Bolli as they discuss just that.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Find out about the draft target-setting protocol

Sep 21, 2020

Understanding how climate risk could play out is of central importance to investors’ response to the climate challenge. A key approach is the use of scenario analysis to test the resilience of the portfolio to a number of future states. This can further be developed for financial analysis. This podcast seeks to assist asset owners, asset managers and their service providers to:

  • Understand that an end point ambition requires a scenario pathway to be of use in financial analysis.
  • Understand the scenario pathway architecture (i.e. key variables, metrics, attributes and drivers) determine the financial impact of any scenario.
  • Understand how climate scenarios can then be used in risk analysis of their own portfolios and engagement with companies following the Paris Agreement and the IPCC SR1.5°C study.
  • Understand how scenarios can then become base case forecasts to begin to inform actual business and portfolio planning and decisions using business level metrics such as production, CapEx and emissions, which leads to action.

Join Sagarika Chatterjee, Director of Climate Change, PRI and COP26 Champions – Finance Lead, and Mark Fulton, Head of Research, CarbonTracker and advisor to the PRI on The Inevitable Policy Response for the discussion. 

Jun 29, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's Director of Climate Change, Sagarika Chatterjee, speaks with Julian Poulter of Energy Transition Advisors. They discuss the Inevitable Policy Response (IPR), research from the PRI, Vivid Economics and Energy Transition Advisors, through an asset owner lens.

They discuss how IPR can help the PRI's asset owner signatories to act on climate risk, and the actions asset owners can take today to use IPR.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?
The Inevitable Policy Response

Apr 22, 2020

Published on Earth Day 2020, in this episode, the PRI's Director of Climate Change, Sagarika Chatterjee, and Jason Eis, Executive Director of Vivid Economics, discuss a pioneering piece of research from the PRI, Vivid Economics and Energy Transition Advisors: the Inevitable Policy Response to climate change.

They discuss what exactly the Inevitable Policy Response is; the potential impact on asset classes such as equities of not acting now on climate change; and what PRI signatories can do to integrate IPR thinking into their investments.

Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?

Read about the Inevitable Policy Response here

Please note this episode was recorded before the Covid-19 outbreak in Europe

Mar 9, 2020

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds is joined by Nigel Topping, the COP26 High-Level Climate Action Champion.

The UK will host COP26 in Glasgow in November against a backdrop of urgency; we need to reduce emissions by 50% within the next ten years to stand any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. 2020 must be the year of action – and the 2020s the decade of action.

Fiona and Nigel discuss the critical role of non-state actors – in particular investors – in achieving this, and making COP26 a success.

Interested in the resources discussed in this podcast?

Jan 20, 2020

At the time of recording, Australia is experiencing unprecedented bush fires, with huge swathes of the country engulfed by flames.

As of 20 January, twenty-eight people have died, close to 2,000 homes have been destroyed and a billion animals have been killed. Once again, the physical and economic threats of climate change are being brought to the fore.

In this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO Fiona Reynolds speaks to Australians working in the responsible investment space who have their own experiences of the fire:

  • Julian Poulter, Energy Transition Advisers
  • Brynn O'Brien, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Dan Gocher, Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility
  • Andrew Whiley, Climate Bonds Initiative

They discuss how they were personally affected by the fires; and what the implications of climate crises are for investors.

Act on climate now:

Read The Inevitable Policy Response: bit.ly/2v88LkX

Join Climate Action 100+: bit.ly/2sFkPcn

Feb 10, 2017
FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Martin Skancke (Chair of the PRI Board and FSB Task Force member) joins the PRI's Sagarika Chatterjee to discuss the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and what their recently released recommendations mean for investors.

Nov 10, 2016
Methane in the oil and gas sector

Sean Wright (Environmental Defense Fund) and Matthias Beer (BMO GAM) join the PRI's Gemma James to discuss why methane emissions are a material issue for investors in the context of climate change. This coincides with the launch of a new investor guide to methane on how to manage the risks through company engagement.

Nov 1, 2016
Corporate climate lobbying in the U.S.

Kathy Mulvey (Union of Concerned Scientists) joins the PRI's Paul Chandler to discuss why corporate lobbying on climate change matters to investors, as well as the findings from UCS' new report: The Climate Accountability Scorecard - Ranking Major Fossil Fuel Companies on Climate Deception, Disclosure, and Action

Dec 17, 2015
COP21 roundup

Willemijn Verdegaal (MN) and Karsten Löffler (Allianz SE) join the PRI's Paul Chandler to discuss the outcomes from COP21, which concluded in Paris last week. 

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