From: Kazeem Biriowo, Abuja
More than 400 investors have urged governments to act on climate change or risk the stability of their financial systems.
Lobby group, the Investor Agenda (IA), in a statement issued on Monday on behalf of 415 global investors, who collectively manage $32 trillion charged world governments to step up their efforts on achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and commit to improve climate-related financial reporting.
The IA also urged leaders to drive investment into low-carbon energy by taking action such as phasing out coal worldwide.
The Paris Agreement was drafted in 2015 and set out targets to help international economies work towards reducing carbon emissions.
Signatories of Monday’s statement agreed that lawmakers needed to address climate change “with urgency,” and warned that failing to act would create significant risks for the global economy, financial system and society.
“It is vital for our long-term planning and asset allocation decisions that governments work closely with investors to incorporate Paris-aligned climate scenarios into their policy frameworks,” the cohort said.
“The countries and companies that lead in implementing the Paris Agreement and enacting strong climate policies will see significant economic benefits and attract increased investment that will create jobs in industries of the future.”
The investors behind the statement include some of the world’s biggest insurers, pension funds and asset managers.
It could be recalled that a statement was originally drawn up in July but was reissued this week with backing from a record number of signatories, in conjunction with the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland.
The Investor Group on Climate Change, whose members manage around $2 trillion in Australia and New Zealand, was one of the organisations driving support for the statement.
CEO Emma Herd said in a statement in July that Group of 20 (G-20) leaders needed to set policies that provided investors with certainty to fund a secure and affordable low-emissions energy system.