Hunkering down to reach net-zero?


Hunkering down to reach net-zero?

Targeting all sectors with all means available is the only way to achieve full-scale decarbonisation, says Gauthier Saint Olive, investment specialist at CPR AM.

 Investments in low-carbon technologies and renewable energy have soared to unprecedented heights in recent years. 

Energy investment is set to pick up by 8% in 2022 against the global energy crisis, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Investment 2022 report1.

Global Energy Investment, 2017-2022

Source: International Energy Agency, World Energy Investment 2022, as at June 2022

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Energy systems of the future will be built around a blend of low-carbon solutions. Low-carbon solutions include renewables like solar, onshore and offshore wind, as well as biofuels and net-zero hydrogen, said Gauthier Saint Olive, investment specialist at CPR AM. Low-carbon investments target a gradually decarbonised economy with carbon efficiency in all sectors. All sectors – especially the most polluting ones – need to decarbonise2.

‘We need all sectors, we need all countries to achieve a global low carbon economy,’ Gauthier said.
Investments in renewable energy, on the other hand, target the development of clean energy sources like wind farms and solar panels to replace fossil energy. For example, we cannot replace the oil used for transportation by solar. The main goal is to have instant, low carbon energy production.


We do not target [only] carbon-free sectors, but all industries... The main objective, climate-wise, is to align the carbon emissions of the portfolio with the Paris Agreement.

Gauthier Saint Olive, Investment Specialist, CPR AM


Though these two approaches may be different, both serve the same objective – the fight against climate change. ‘It’s about limiting the temperature increase but in different ways, with a different approach,’ Gauthier said.

A low-carbon future

The pandemic had a major impact on energy systems around the world and it led to an increased uptake of low-carbon strategies in Amundi’s case.

‘Amundi has seen large inflows in low-carbon strategies since the beginning of the pandemic, both from the retail and the institutional side,’ Gauthier said. ‘Most of the Requests For Proposals (RFPs) we receive from the institutional investor now embed a climate impact aspect.’2


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1 , as at June 2022
2 Interview with Gauthier Saint Olive on 6/4/2022; see transcript 


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Date of first use: 17 October 2022
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