Knowledge and Insight - Climate change

Just Transition and the care of our common home

In the aftermath of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate published a 2016 report indicating that the transition to sustainable energy would require around $90 trillion of global infrastructural investment over 15 years.

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Portfolio carbon footprinting and assessing climate risk

Rathbone Greenbank reaffirms its commitment to the Montréal Carbon Pledge by publishing an updated carbon footprint of the equity holdings within all the investment portfolios it manages. We believe it is important to understand and be transparent about the climate impacts associated with investment portfolios, so that risks and opportunities can be identified and managed appropriately.

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Plight of the humble bee

Global warming means spring is arriving sooner. As winter draws in that may sound attractive, but it means plants are flowering earlier than usual. If they become out of sync with nature’s pollinators, the consequences for the global economy could be serious.

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US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

It came as no great surprise when President Trump finally announced his expected decision to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Agreement on 1 June 2017.

Having promised to take this step as one of the pillars of his presidential campaign on the basis that the Agreement unfairly penalised American competitiveness and jobs, Trump was always going to be bound to this commitment or risk appearing politically weak – even if it’s possible that withdrawal might not be completed before the next presidential election in November 2019.

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Assessing portfolio climate impacts

In 2015, we published our first carbon footprint of the equity holdings across all investment portfolios managed by Rathbone Greenbank. This used a tool developed by our ethical research team to allow individual client portfolios to be footprinted. Here, we present the results of an updated carbon footprint analysis as part of our renewed commitment to the Montréal Carbon Pledge.

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