Knowledge and Insight - Environment

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Investing in a healthier food system

‘Health and Wellbeing’ is one of Rathbone Greenbank’s (Greenbank) eight sustainable development themes that guide the way we invest for the long-term. In this article, Greenbank explains what the risks and opportunities are for investors as the food system undergoes massive, consumer-led changes, and outlines how shareholders can drive positive change at scale.

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The Power of One

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Lecture – The Power of One – was broadcast online from the beautiful butterfly and tortoise habitat at Jersey Zoo.

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Rathbone Greenbank Investments and the Food Foundation

The mission of the Food Foundation is to change food policy and business practice to ensure everyone can afford and access a healthy diet. Greenbank has been collaborating with the Food Foundation (and, before that, the Food Climate Research Network) since 2019.

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Green stimulus in a Biden White House

Even while the dust continues to settle on a deeply divisive US presidential race, victory for Joe Biden will galvanise action on climate change and sustainable recovery in the US and the wider world.

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A spotlight on the low-carbon energy transition

The emissions gap

Each year, the United Nations Environment Programme reports the gap between where global greenhouse gas emissions are and where they should be to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. 

Each year, emissions rise. The most recent report “The Emissions Gap 2019” showed that for global warming to be kept to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2030, emissions must drop by 7.6% per year. Several countries, including the UK have set targets to be net-zero by 2050. 

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Climate-aligned investing

Climate change continues to be a core issue for Greenbank. COP261 will be hosted in the UK in 2021 and is set to be a landmark gathering. It will provide the first opportunity for countries' nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to be reviewed and strengthened since the Paris Agreement was reached at COP21 in 2015.

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