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Investment-grade climate change policy

Financing the transition to the low-carbon economy

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This report has been commissioned by the three major investor climate change networks (the European-based Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the North Americanbased Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), and the Investor Group on Climate Change Australia/New Zealand (IGCC)) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). These groups, and their members, are concerned about climate change because of the potential for climate change to have major negative impacts on the economic systems they operate in and, in turn, on the assets in which they invest. They also recognise that investors have a critical role to play in responding to climate change, through their ability to provide capital to finance the transition to a low-carbon economy, through the decisions they make about the sectors and activities they invest in, through their ability to encourage the companies in which they invest to reduce their emissions, and through the support they can lend to public policy efforts directed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and at enabling society to respond effectively to the physical and other impacts of climate change. The report has two objectives: (1) to contribute to policymakers’ understanding of the factors that institutional investors consider when investing in areas such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, and (2) to set out what institutional investors see as ‘investment-grade’ climate change and clean energy policy that would support significant low carbon, clean energy investment.
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