We support the growing consensus that the asset management sector as a whole can best contribute to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement in three ways:

  1. Pricing climate risk accurately: adjusting portfolios, screening-out fossil-fuel investments and using tools to minimise exposure to transition risks
  2. Engaging carbon-intensive companies: identifying priority sectors/companies and engaging on detail of transition plans
  3. Investing in climate solutions: generally calculated as a share of AUM, linked to definitions of green/taxonomies, with avoided emissions as a key metric of impact

Of these, as a specialist investor, Impax focuses particularly on investing in climate solutions.

As a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, we support the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The initiative is well aligned with our existing investment philosophy and our 20+ years’ experience as a specialist investor in climate solutions.

Our approach to the Paris Agreement 

Our Investments

  • Impax has over 20 years’ experience investing in companies delivering environmental solutions
  • We invest in companies benefitting from the transition to net-zero emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and the shift to a more sustainable economy
  • Our impact reporting includes Scope 1, 2, 3 emissions, as well as those avoided by the use of our portfolio companies’ products and services1
  • We engage with companies about exposure to climate risks arising from carbon emissions and physical climate impacts and encourage them to build their climate resilience, following the TCFD framework

Policy, Advocacy & Partnerships

  • Impax collaborates with clients and stakeholders for further policy action to incentivise a low-carbon economy
  • We are in regular dialogue with UK, US and EU legislators on climate policy
  • We are members of climate–focused organisations including:
    • CDP
    • Climate Financial Risk Forum
    • Energy Transitions Commission
    • IGCC
  • We have signed up to climate–focused initiatives, including:
    • Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative
    • Natural Capital Investment Alliance
    • PRI’s Deforestation Commitment
  • We support charities and non-profits focused on climate action, including Ashden, ClientEarth, Ceres, and WRI

Our Business

  • We are committed to reducing our operational emissions; Scope 1, 2 & 3
  • 97% of our offices’ electricity is generated from renewable sources against a target of 100% 2
  • We will minimise post-pandemic business travel and substitute short-haul air travel wherever practical
  • We support and advocate for TCFD reporting recommendations will continue to measure and report carbon emissions and avoidance in line with best practices

1 Impact @ Impax 2021 Report includes CO2 emission and avoidance reporting for c.90% of AUM as of 31st December 2020.
2 Impax Annual Report 2021

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