Learning Cafe with MSCI
August 22, 2022
12 PM ET
The urgency of preventing the worst extremes of a changing climate is spurring investors, companies, financial intermediaries and policymakers across the world to sharpen their focus on efforts to drive down greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. Investors are monitoring whether companies have credible plans to reduce their emissions and tracking the alignment of portfolios with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius (2°C), preferably no more than 1.5°C, to prevent the worst extremes of a warming world.
Reaching net-zero will demand extraordinary action. Ninety percent of listed companies are currently on an emissions pathway that would put global temperature rise above 1.5°C. It also will demand intuitive, forward-looking tools that help investors differentiate which companies in every sector will help them achieve net-zero and which will get in the way of that goal. Join us as we share some of the solutions that several of the world’s leading institutions have leveraged to both minimize climate risk while capturing solution based opportunities which are poised to provide a potential risk premia as we transition to a low carbon economy.
Ariel Nicholas, Vice President, ESG Client Coverage Group | Climate Solutions Specialist, MSCI
Carbon Footprinting 101: How to Take the First Step on the Road to Net-Zero
October 13, 2021, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET
The latest IPCC report and recent climate disasters in various parts of the world are stark reminders of the need to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Intentional Endowment Network’s Net-Zero Steering Committee is leading the charge in the endowments space and several notable endowments, such as Harvard, Stanford, Arizona State, Michigan, and Penn, have already committed to net-zero investment portfolios by 2050. The road to net-zero may be long, but what is the simplest way for an endowment to start the journey? Conducting a carbon footprint assessment of an investment portfolio is a great starting point, as it allows investors to quantify the amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) their investments contribute to, compare them to established benchmarks, and devise a strategy for managing their GHG exposure.
Join us for an educational webinar, where we will bring together distinguished speakers from ISS to discuss how endowments can embark on the road to net-zero by conducting carbon footprint assessments and integrating climate risks in their investment analyses.
Ariane de Vienne, Global Head of Asset Owner Strategy, ISS
Jeff Mindlin, Chief Investment Officer, ASU Enterprise Partners
IEN Webinar: Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance - Latest Methodologies for Net Zero Portfolios
Wednesday, October 7th, 12 - 1 pm ET
IEN is partnering with the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance to provide IEN members with a tailored introduction to some of the work of the Alliance including its approach to achieving net-zero carbon portfolios, the upcoming target-setting framework of the Alliance, and the engagement approach of the Alliance to drive real-world emissions reductions. Members of the Alliance will speak to their individual institution’s experience and efforts, and content leads of the Alliance will join to answer any questions.
This webinar is free for IEN members and $20 for non-members. Click here to register.
Download a PDF of the presentation slides here.
Johanna Köb, Head of Responsible Investment, Zurich Insurance Company
Johanna Köb is Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company, where she
Prior to joining Zurich, Johanna worked for RobecoSAM, where she was part of the Sustainability
Johanna holds a BA and MA in International Affairs & Governance from the University of St.
Jesica LēLynn Andrews, Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, UNEP Finance Initiative
Jes Andrews is a Senior Project Manager at the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, where she leads portfolio target-setting with investors in the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance, she is also a member of the Expert Advisory Group for Science Based Targets and UNFCCC’s Race to Zero Campaign. Prior to working with UNEP FI, she worked on climate change projects across with multiple UN agencies, governments and private firms across some 35 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Jes supports investors in understanding climate risk and aligning with the UNFCCC Paris Accord.
Georges Dyer, Executive Director, IEN (moderator)