Kempen targets net-zero emission investments by 2050

Kempen Capital Management has announced it is targeting becoming a net-zero emissions investor by 2050.

Its announcement also outlined long-, medium- and short-term objectives to address climate change.

The firm plans to apply exclusions relating to coal and tar sands across all investment strategies by 2022, no longer investing in pure coal players that obtain the majority of revenues from coal mining or tar sands.

Within its sustainable and impact funds, Kempen will not invest in companies which obtain any of their revenues from coal or tar sands.

By 2025, the company with align its path to achieving the Paris and Dutch Climate Agreement goals for all listed assets, while funds that Kempen invests in will be asked for a clear climate engagement approach and demonstrate annual progress.

Kempen also plans to increase its investments in green bonds and has added a 2025 timeframe to its green bonds policy. The policy has been extended to include sustainability-linked bonds, transition bonds and SDG-linked bonds.

By 2030, the firm is targeting aligning with a path to achieving the Paris Agreement and Dutch Climate Agreement goals for all listed and non-listed assets.

The firm is aiming to align with the Paris Agreement goals, contribute to the transition to a low-carbon economy and have net-zero emission investments by 2050.

“As a long-term investor, we believe climate change represents a systemic risk facing the economy, society and environment, and we want to consider the risks and opportunities this presents to our clients investments in the coming decades,” commented Kempen chief investment officer, Lars Dijkstra.

Kempen director sustainable and impact investment, Narina Mnatsakanian, added: “Investors have a critical role to play in both facilitating the transition to a low-carbon economy and managing the climate risks of their investee companies.

“Kempen has a longstanding commitment to addressing climate change through active management, and our new policies with net zero target provides a clear framework to enable us to do so.”

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