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Responsible investors approach critical mass in Australia, but ESG’s hurdles still high

Greenwashing is still the biggest barrier to uptake of responsible investment strategies, but this and other challenges the ESG sector are facing now are also signs of a proliferating market that’s just picking up speed.

Lisa Uhlman | 22nd Nov 2023 | More
As world pushes towards net zero, one question is key: Who pays for it?

The global energy transition is an unstoppable process with major questions marks still hanging over it, not least among them the economic implications of super-cheap energy once the transition is complete, according to ClearBridge Investments’ Nick Langley.

Lisa Uhlman | 15th Nov 2023 | More
  • A home-grown ESG solution in seaweed, awaiting government’s next move

    Tasmanian eco-tech firm Sea Forest is making huge strides in its quest to use a unique Australian seaweed to combat climate change by reducing methane emissions from cows. The plan has huge environmental and commercial potential, its chief scientific officer says – government policy just needs to catch up.

    Tahn Sharpe | 18th Oct 2023 | More
    ESG adoption hits global milestone as investors tackle data gaps

    ESG investment strategies are at their highest-ever penetration rate, with 90 per cent of global investors now on board, according to a new survey. And while greenwashing and data disclosure concerns remain, sustainability-minded investors are coming up with their own solutions for these challenges.

    Staff Writer | 11th Oct 2023 | More
  • Engagement, not exclusions, key to ESG ‘happy medium’: Martin Currie

    While many sustainable funds use negative screens to avoid stocks with poor ESG scores, Martin Currie’s Naomi Bant says engagement with companies that can provide a net benefit to society leads to better investment and sustainability outcomes.

    Lisa Uhlman | 20th Sep 2023 | More
    Green super options take root as investors seek real climate impact

    Switching to a sustainable pension fund is one of the most effective ways to reduce a person’s carbon footprint, with no performance tradeoff required. As the need for climate solutions grows more urgent, the momentum for environmentally friendly investment options in Australia’s $3.5 trillion super sector is gathering pace.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 11th Aug 2023 | More
    Net-zero tailwinds prime sustainable investing for its ‘quality’ moment

    Slowing inflation, peaking interest rates and a renewed interest in companies with consistent earnings have sparked a rotation back into quality names in 2023. Sustainable investment strategies lend themselves to these types of businesses, according to Australian Ethical, which also sees a “massive gust of tailwind” from the net-zero push.

    Drew Meredith | 9th Aug 2023 | More
    No performance trade-off: Sustainable investing a ‘returns game’, fundie says

    While some still associate them with lower returns, ESG analysis and sustainable investing are really about managing risk and harnessing opportunities, the Perennial Partners portfolio managers said. If done “authentically”, sustainable investing is “very much a returns game”.

    Lisa Uhlman | 2nd Aug 2023 | More
    As energy solutions get cheaper, transition’s opportunity set broadens

    The global transition away from fossil fuels will require a massive reallocation of capital, and with the technology driving it now more cost-effective than ever, companies and investors that seize climate-related opportunities will be best placed to reap the benefits, according to recent MSCI research.

    Staff Writer | 14th Jul 2023 | More
  • Don’t get ‘stranded’ with fossil fuel stocks as transition gains pace: Australian Ethical

    As Australia’s energy transition ramps up, spurred by a greater government commitment, the ethical investment manager says investors risk getting saddled with “stranded assets” if they don’t limit their exposure to fossil fuels.

    Lisa Uhlman | 24th May 2023 | More
    Supply/demand imbalance means lithium price has nowhere to go but up: Analysts

    For the world to meet climate targets, the supply of battery-grade lithium will have to ramp up greatly, prompting expectations that the price will keep rising for years to come. And Australian companies with proven lithium deposits could do well as M&A in the sector stays hot, analysts say.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 19th May 2023 | More
    As energy transition turns ‘disorderly’, reallocate to capture opportunities: Amundi

    With a successful and orderly energy transition “far from guaranteed”, disruptive themes are set to profoundly affect financial markets for years to come, the asset manager said in a new report. Investors should act – and potentially reallocate – accordingly.

    Lisa Uhlman | 17th May 2023 | More
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