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Cop26 methane pledge needs “money and muscle”

Cop26 methane pledge needs “money and muscle”

There are calls for regulation to support the new global commitment to cutting methane levels, seen as one of the quickest ways to tackle climate change. But how it will be funded is unclear, and the absence of China, India and Russia from the pledge does not bode well.

How nickel production is striving to go green

How nickel production is striving to go green

Mining of nickel – a key component of electric vehicle batteries – is carbon-intensive, but that is changing with the rise of hydrometallurgy extraction. Tanzania’s Kabanga project is a prime example of how this process is gaining traction, but also of the investment risks involved.

Ending deforestation must be a priority for investors

Ending deforestation must be a priority for investors

The loss of our forests could prevent the world from meeting the Paris Agreement target of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5°C. Over half of global GDP is covered by a national net-zero target, yet it is questionable whether any of these targets will be met without significant progress on deforestation.

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European companies “paying lip service” to carbon emissions

European companies “paying lip service” to carbon emissions

Three-quarters of European companies have set emission-reduction goals, but details of how they intend to achieve them are lacking, while only one in ten is on track to hit net-zero targets, finds recent research. Pressure is growing on corporates – and regulators – to take more action.

Who buys carbon offsets – and why?

Who buys carbon offsets – and why?

The carbon offsetting market is growing rapidly as more and more companies pledge net zero, but the proper place for carbon offsets in their strategies remains unclear. Microsoft's recent about-turn is a prime example.

How Australia’s Aware Super is tackling modern slavery

How Australia’s Aware Super is tackling modern slavery

The A$150bn pension fund is using its financial heft to address modern slavery and has developed a risk-assessment tool to support its reporting requirements. But while some asset managers have shown overwhelming support, others are still burying their heads in the sand.

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

The year to date has seen record-breaking support for shareholder resolutions, with asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard stepping up their stewardship. However, a lack of data on the real-world impact means the jury is still out on their efficacy.

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