Upcoming events

The Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP26
8-10 November 2021
We are actively participating at this flagship event enabling climate action at COP26 in Glasgow

Past events

Economist Sustainability Week: Countdown to COP
4 October 2021
Chris Dodwell discussed actions that governments, finance and corporates need to take to get on track for global net zero

CleanTechIQ: Climate Forum
15 September 2021
Ian Simm and Julie Gorte shared insights regarding climate risk and net zero, as well as investor expectations for COP26

Impax Climate Symposium
29 June 2021
Our global event featured panel sessions focused on the opportunities and risks for investors around energy, water, and net zero

This November, global leaders and policymakers are coming together with the task of making the Paris climate goals, negotiated in 2015, a reality.

To address the drivers of climate change and to mitigate its effects, finance must be urgently mobilised. This is a key focus at the UN COP26 conference, hosted in the UK city of Glasgow.  

Impax is a strong advocate of collaboration between the policy and investment communities, and Ian Simm, founder and chief executive, and Chris Dodwell, head of policy and advocacy, will be participating in policy debates at the global summit.

We will be sharing their perspectives here in the run up to COP26, and in its aftermath. Depending on the outcome of negotiations in Glasgow, we could have a clearer understanding of how global net zero goals might be achieved – and what this means for investors.

The countdown to COP26

As the UN climate summit approaches, we reflect on action that we advocate to get on track for global net zero

24 Sep 2021
ByChris Dodwell

Our people at COP26


Ian Simm

Founder & CEO

Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, one of the world’s leading investment managers dedicated to investing in the transition to a more sustainable economy. Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on environmental strategy.

Outside Impax, Ian is a member of the UK government’s Energy Innovation Board, which provides strategic oversight of public sector funding of energy innovation programmes, and is a board member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the European membership body for investor collaboration on addressing climate change. Between 2013 and 2018, he was a board member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science.

Ian has a first-class honours degree in physics from Cambridge University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. In the last century he initiated and led an expedition to complete the first summer crossing of the Sahara Desert by tandem bicycle.

Recent blog posts

Chris Dodwell

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Chris is a climate change and environmental policy expert with over 25 years’ public and private sector experience. He is responsible for managing Impax’s engagement in the development of policy issues and providing insights on policy to the firm’s investment teams.

Before joining Impax in 2019 Chris worked at Ricardo Energy & Environment for eight years as Director of Climate Change, Clean Growth and Strategic Partnerships. Here he was responsible for overseeing key projects in the aforementioned areas as well as building relationships with clients in the public and financial services sectors. Prior to this he worked for 10 years at the heart of the UK Government’s work on climate change, including leading the UK’s implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System and heading the UK Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Chris began his career as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he worked on a variety of civil, criminal and public law litigation relating to the impact of pollution on the environment and human health.

Chris graduated with a BA Hons in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and later went on to achieve a Master of Laws in Environmental Law from University College London in 2002.

Recent blog posts

The countdown to COP26

As the UN climate summit approaches, we reflect on action that we advocate to get on track for global net zero

24 Sep 2021

Emma Hunt

Client Service Director, EMEA and Asia-Pacific

Emma joined Impax in September 2020 and is responsible for supporting the work of the Client Service teams across European and Asia-Pacific markets.

Emma has been supporting institutional and retail clients with their sustainable investment needs for over 25 years. Prior to joining Impax, she held senior positions in a range of firms including St James’ Place Wealth Management, Federated Hermes, Willis Towers Watson and Mercer.

Throughout her career she has been at the forefront of developments in sustainable investment, ESG, stewardship, carbon analytics and impact, applying this knowledge to a wide range of projects.

Our thinking on climate finance

Responding to climate change – the “net-zero aligned” financial institution

Against a backdrop of rising pressure to respond to climate change, financial institutions, including asset owners and asset managers, (“FIs”) are facing calls to declare themselves as net zero (“NZ”).

9 Jul 2021
ByIan SimmChris Dodwell

Corporate net zero: we need a more sophisticated approach

The private sector holds the key to decarbonising the economy over the next quarter century.

26 Apr 2021
ByIan Simm

Making green taxonomies less taxing: lessons from the last 20 years

As politicians unveil new environmental policies and business leaders seek recognition for their latest low-carbon commitments, others are wrestling with what “green” actually means.

9 Feb 2021
ByIan Simm

Physical Climate Risks

Designing a resilient response to the inevitable impact of climate change

24 Sep 2020

Clean Investment Roadmaps: A framework for building clean energy economies

This framework offers a blueprint for the enhanced collaboration between policy and investment communities that will be needed if we are to deliver the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

7 Jul 2020
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