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Climate Change Investments
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released earlier this month makes stark reading; not the least in the way it aligns recent extreme weather events to climate change. In the wake of the report, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on leaders from government, business and civil society to unite behind policies, actions and investments that will limit rising temperatures. On a positive note he also commented that: “Inclusive and green economies, prosperity, cleaner air and better health are possible for all if we respond to this crisis with solidarity and courage.”
Following the report’s release, it was interesting to see how multiple news outlets were keen to list out the ‘top 5’ or so actions which we can all take in order to reduce our own emissions. Some of these such as reducing energy use in the home or when travelling are fairly obvious. Others took a broader view, looking towards responsible investing which takes into account environmental, social and governance factors - something which we take into account when working with our clients to devise appropriate portfolios for them. However, on a note of caution, investors should still remember the value of spreading investments across sectors and global areas. Investing purely in “green funds” could leave an investment portfolio too heavily weighted in one area.
If you are looking for advice on investments, or if your situation has changed and you may therefore need to review your existing pensions or investments, contact Beckworth by using one of the links on our website.