- ESG Thema #2 - EU Fit for 55 package
ESG Thema #2 - EU Fit for 55 package
Monday 09 August 2021
The EU formally adopted in June its new objective of cutting the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 versus 1990. This represents a substantial increase in the bloc’s ambition compared to the previous 40% reduction target and sets an interim target close to the range of domestic emissions reductions of 58-70% deemed consistent with the Paris Agreement by Climate Action Tracker. As such, this objective places the European Union as a leading region on climate change mitigation efforts...
German election remains open, with an eye on the green transition
Election outcome: The most likely winner in terms of votes and seats will either be the Social Democratic Party (SPD) or the conservative Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU). Likely scenarios include the ‘traffic-light’ coalition (SPD-Greens-pro-market Liberal Democratic Party, FDP) or the ‘Jamaica’ coalition (CDU/CSU-Greens-FDP). However, other combinations are possible.
ESG Thema #3 - How can investors contribute to Net Zero efforts?
While carbon emissions have been increasing slowly despite efforts to bring them down, “net zero” commitments, however, have skyrocketed. Setting climate objectives used to be the appanage of public actors, but no longer. Investors are increasingly on board and net zero alliances exist for all kinds of financial institutions: asset owners, banks, asset managers. On top of that, at the COP26 in Glasgow, a net zero alliance of alliances will be launched “the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero”.
Shifts & Narratives #8 - Post-summer check-up on the regime shift
Investors have enjoyed stellar performances over the last twelve months. A 60/40 traditional global equity/bond portfolio returned around 19% on a one-year horizon, well above even the rosiest expectations of the recovery from the Covid-19-induced slump.