COP26: What you may have missed

Jargon buster: COP26
Do you know the difference between Scope 1 and Scope 3 emissions? Are you still unsure about what exactly natural capital is? We explain the common terms heard at COP26.

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A quiet revolution in environmental investment is underway. It will make a difference.” – Peter Harrison, Group Chief Executive

Peter explains why developments in natural capital and carbon markets during COP26 has given him cause for hope. Our Global Head of Sustainable Investment, Andy Howard, also shares his perspectives of COP in seven key talking points: ‘Was COP26 a success or unmitigated disaster?’.

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Schroders has joined 15 asset managers to accelerate Natural Capital as a mainstream investment theme, the Natural Capital Investment Alliance. Incoming Chair at Schroders, Dame Elizabeth Corley, spoke about the key role of private sector investment in contributing towards positive outcomes for nature.

“It’s our ambition to scale this. It’s also to catalyse change, to improve the way we can finance projects, start early-stage innovation and to help others in a way that means we are doing absolutely the right thing for people and the planet and to also deliver a financial return for everyone who saves money with us.” - Dame Elizabeth Corley, Chair-Designate of Schroders

We believe that investors cannot afford to ignore natural capital in their investments. The financial risks and non-financial risks, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, are too great. Duncan Lamont, Head of Strategic Research, explains the barriers and benefits of investing in natural capital.

Are you confused about what natural capital is? It was in the news a lot during COP26, and our short video examines what exactly it is:

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Much of the discussion around COP26 was naturally focused directly on the challenge of the climate crisis and its amplified effects on emerging and frontier markets. Maria Teresa Zappia, Head of Sustainability and Impact at Schroders Capital, explains why investment in these growth markets is crucial but also helps ensure it is done in a way that benefits all. That is the essence of the concept of a “just transition”.

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US Lens: Sarah Bratton-Hughes, Head of Sustainability – North America, and Lesley-Ann Morgan, Head of Multi-Asset Strategy, shared their perspectives on the global summit. From divestment vs engagement, the necessity of science-based targets and highlighted the need for policy to progress the many commitments made so far.

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