• 13 Oct 2016 3:58 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)
    The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) notes the establishment of a new Parliamentary Inquiry on the closure of coal fired energy generation facilities in Australia, addressing the need to decarbonise our electricity sector, manage community impacts and increase resilience to climate change.

    “Reviewing how best to manage the retirement of carbon-intensive ageing coal fired generation is an important component of the integrated energy challenge. Getting it wrong will have significant implications for investors, communities and asset owners alike. Having a plan for an orderly and fair transition is vital”, said Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). 

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  • 11 Oct 2016 11:07 AM | Crystal Fleming (Administrator)
    Less than a week after the UN confirmed the Paris Agreement would come into effect on 04 November this year, a global network of more than 250 institutional investors (representing assets worth over $24 Trn) has published a guide setting out the threats facing the automotive sector and investor expectations for how these companies must shift gear to adapt their business strategies to address climate related risk and build a sustainable low carbon transport system for the future.

    Launching Investor Expectations of Automotive Companies - Shifting gears to accelerate the transition to low carbon vehicles Stephanie Pfeifer, CEO for European investor network IIGCC said, “This guide signals a new area of concerted engagement between big investors and one of the most significant sectors when it comes to tackling the climate challenge. As a consequence of the Paris Agreement, investors expect regulatory frameworks affecting the automotive sector to become far more stringent, not least those governing vehicle fuel performance standards in the EU and elsewhere. Several automotive companies have already recognised they must increase capital expenditure in sustainable driving technology and product pipelines if they are to develop a climate resilient business model. Likewise, that they must engage with policy makers to ensure sustainability is placed at the heart of the industry’s future.”

  • 06 Sep 2016 12:15 AM | Crystal Fleming (Administrator)

    Tuesday 6 September, Singapore: To mark the launch of the new Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) today in Singapore, the group is releasing the most comprehensive analysis to date of climate finance sector activity in Asia.  

    The report – Investing for the climate in Asia undertaken by Asia Research and Engagement  (ARE), with the support of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), reviewed the disclosure of leading domestic financial institutions across the Asia Pacific region to understand the state of the finance industry’s response to climate change. This review included 36 banks, 30 investors, and 24 insurers. 

    It revealed a significant shift toward embedding climate risk and responsible investment into  core business activities. However, much remains to be done, with financial regulators needing  to take steps to help catalyse the shift to low carbon investment in order to reduce systemic risks and improve competitiveness. 

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  • 01 Sep 2016 9:23 AM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Investor Group on Climate Change welcomes the release of the Climate Change Authority (CCA) report as a useful contribution to the debate on how best to scale up Australia’s climate change policy settings, but remain concerned about the need for strong, effective policies.

    “We welcome the CCA focus on providing greater certainty for investors on Australia's climate change policy settings”, said Emma Herd, Chief Executive of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC).

    “Investors are looking for policy built on clear market signals. Where those policy settings are credible, capital will flow.”

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  • 24 Aug 2016 2:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    130 investors ($13 Trillion AUM) also urge G20 to double global investment in clean energy, strengthen climate disclosure, adopt carbon pricing and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

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  • 18 Jul 2016 6:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Investor Group on Climate Change welcomes the appointment of Josh Frydenberg as Minister for the Environment and Energy. 

    “We look forward to working with Minister Frydenberg on behalf of investors focused on climate change”, said Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). 

    “Investors welcome a more integrated approach to energy and climate policy in Australia”. 

    “There are significant issues requiring attention in the energy sector as we look to balance decarbonisation and growth. At the same time, we can’t lose sight of the urgent challenges for Australia’s economic future which climate change presents.” 

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  • 22 Jun 2016 9:22 AM | Crystal Fleming (Administrator)

    Register now to attend the official launch of AIGCC:

    Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Date: Tuesday, 6 September 2016

    Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

    Room: TBC

    Admission: FREE                                                


  • 17 Jun 2016 7:12 AM | Crystal Fleming (Administrator)

    Launch of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC) & the release of Investing for the climate of Asia report  a side-event of PRI in Person 2016

    6 September, 11:30am 1:30pm
    Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 

    Admission: Complimentary

  • 02 Jun 2016 7:08 AM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) has today published seven climate change policy priorities which investors believe are critical for managing risk and unlocking investment in low carbon finance opportunities.

    “The seven policy priorities identified by investors have to be part of the climate change policy response in Australia to build investor confidence and get capital moving”, said Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change.

    “Without stable and durable climate change policy settings grounded in broad bipartisan support, investors will not allocate capital to the kinds of long term clean energy and energy productivity investments required to achieve the goals Australia signed up to under the Paris Agreement”.

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  • 13 May 2016 10:42 AM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    SYDNEY – 13 MAY 2016: Today a unique coalition of global investor and property groups will launch the  Sustainable Real Estate Investment - Implementing the Paris Climate Agreement: An Action Framework in Australia for the first time.

    Five of the world’s largest investor networks and RICS have come together, supported by the Global Alliance for Building and Construction, to publish a concise, actionable framework for Real Estate investors to help them make sense of existing Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) guidance and to accelerate their integration of ESG and climate risks and opportunities into investment decisions.  The guide sets out a range of measures to improve returns or better protect the future value of real estate investments through application of an ESG and climate change management approach.

    Presenting the framework in Sydney, Rowan Griffin, Head of Sustainability - Property at Lendlease, project team member of UNEP FI’s property working group and chair of IGCC’s property working group said, “The built environment is a significant contributor to Australia’s emissions, while also holding many opportunities to drive greater national energy productivity. Investors in real estate assets therefore have a key role to play in helping to meet the climate change goals set out in the Paris Agreement through their investment decisions. The launch of this Action Framework means that real estate investors now have the tools they need to take concrete steps to addresses climate change and deliver greater value.” 

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