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Divesting works: Study finds ditching fossil stocks lowers corporate footprints

Corporate Knights

For the leaders of the divestment movement, which encourages institutional investors to sell off their shares in fossil fuel companies, winning isn’t everything. But after a decade of determined lobbying, the divest side is suddenly doing a lot of winning. That tally, they noted, is bigger than the combined GDP of the U.S.

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A tidal wave of new carbon emissions data soon will be upon us

GreenBiz

Sustainable investments should grow as divestment from carbon-intensive industries intensifies. As a result, we can expect to see personal, political and business incentives tilt in favor of more action to combat climate change. Faster private- and public-sector innovation to get emissions down should follow.

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Dutch Pension Fund Draws Line in Sand for Fossil Fuels

Chris Hall

Pledge to divest over next two years follows mounting pressure from protesters. Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW) has announced it will stop investing in companies in the fossil fuel sector that do not commit to the Paris Agreement and ambitions outlined at COP26. Setting a 1.5°C

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The Energy Trilemma: Affordability, Security and Climate

Chris Hall

C increase over pre-industrial temperatures was hanging by a thread at the end of COP26, subsequent economic and geopolitical events appear to have dealt a blow to those ambitions – at least in the short term. The sense of optimism at COP26 turned out to be short lived. “We Beast from the east.

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Edison International 2021 Sustainability Report: Climate Change Mitigation

3BL Media

California required SCE and other investorowned utilities to divest the majority of their generation assets beginning in the late 1990s in order to promote competitive energy pricing. Among other things, SCE divested from and terminated all contracts with coal-burning resources and, since 2015, has had no coal in its specified portfolio.

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Managers Promise Firm Engagement Across ESG Spectrum

Chris Hall

Aviva Investors expressly referred to divestment as a potential strategy to achieve these goals. But he said Blackrock would not pursue a divestment policy from fossil fuels, although the firm would allow clients to do so. Other leading managers were more circumspect in their 2022 outlines.

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ESG Explainer: Engaging with Reality

Chris Hall

Reclaim Finance notes a “growing trend” within the investor community to condemn exclusion and divestment from heavy emitters as both “unrealistic and ineffective” tools to decarbonise the economy. Reclaim Finance argues that the most effective investors use the threat of future divestment as a cudgel to enhance their engagement efforts.