The ILN Launches its Net Zero Investor Playbook

Sep 22, 2022

“The Investor Leadership Network (ILN) released a Net Zero Investor Playbook which offers an inventory of approaches institutional investors are taking to transition investing and highlights key challenges:

TORONTO | Sept. 21, 2022 –– The Investor Leadership Network (ILN) launched today a new resource to provide practical assistance to investors and their stakeholders to operationalize their net zero commitments. Created with the support of KPMG LLP, the Net Zero Investor Playbook inventories institutional investors’ current approaches to and highlights the complexity of climate transition investing.

Global organizations have developed a wide range of net zero frameworks, methodologies and tools to help investors design and implement their net zero transition programs. The continuously expanding collection of resources and concurrent advances in underlying climate models, however, have caused some confusion on how best to position portfolios and engage with portfolio companies to deliver on real world carbon emissions reduction.

“Institutional investors have a significant role to play in financing long-term, real economy emissions reductions, while also reducing their portfolios’ reported emissions in the near term. This can be a tough balancing act,” ILN CEO Amy Hepburn says, “so we’re thrilled to provide investors with guidance on how they might begin to navigate the complexity of transition investing.”

The Net Zero Investor Playbook summarizes of the wide range of approaches to transition investing that investors are taking and categorizes them into four themes:

  1. Portfolio emissions forecasting and target setting
  2. Alignment with broader portfolio construction and risk parameters
  3. Portfolio transition taxonomies
  4. Portfolio holdings’ transition capacity metrics.

Within each of the four themes, the Playbook synthesizes the current landscape of relevant investor-specific frameworks and methodologies, the related implementation challenges being experienced by investors, and anticipated enhancements to available guidance that will assist investors in moving forward. To complement the report’s analysis, case studies from individual ILN members on their customized implementation approaches are featured.

The Playbook is the ILN Climate Change Advisory Council’s fourth open-source resource created by investors, to address various aspects of incorporating climate change risks and opportunities into investment processes.”

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