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  • 18 Nov 2015 3:59 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    A fortnight before the UN Climate Summit in Paris, and as the OECD announces a deal to restrict subsidies to the coal sector, a global network of more than 270 institutional investors (representing assets worth over €20 trillion) has published a guide to drive closer engagement with mining companies around the world on their management of climate risk.

    Investor Expectations of Mining Companies – Drilling Deeper into Carbon Asset Risk sets out investor expectations on the approach taken by the Boards of diversified mining companies when responding to tightening carbon constraints.

    Click here to download a copy of the media release

    Click here to download a copy of the report

  • 30 Oct 2015 9:49 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Today, the UN Climate Change Secretariat released a new report assessing the aggregate effect of national commitments to tackle climate change against the agreed goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels.

    The report finds that while global momentum has definitely accelerated, stronger action is needed if the world is going to limit global warming to 2°C and avoid dangerous climate change.

    “Until recently, we were staring down the barrel of a 4 or 5 degree world. Significant progress has been made in the lead up to Paris and countries are waking up to the economic benefits of tackling global warming” said Emma Herd CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change.

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  • 12 Oct 2015 5:10 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    On October 12, 2015, IIGCC, IGCC, PRI, UNEP-FI and Ceres’ INCR welcomed progress made on the climate finance package in Lima, Peru, and reiterated the need for a strong global climate deal at COP21 in Paris. The call to action was published in top-tier business and financial journals around the world.

    Click here to see the final publication

  • 05 Oct 2015 8:52 AM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Over $1 trillion in Australian funds face great disruption and opportunity

    Leading international experts and major institutions, managing over $1 trillion in funds, are gathering in Australia on 6-7 October for a unique summit to address and accelerate the low carbon transition.

    The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) summit - No Turning Back - comes at a critical time, only weeks before the global climate conference in Paris.

    “This summit will bring together unparalleled global expertise to provide insight to major Australian investors on the trends, risks and opportunities catalysed by a world in rapid transition,” said IGCC CEO Emma Herd.

  • 20 Sep 2015 8:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Investor Group on Climate Change welcomes new Cabinet appointments announced today across a range of portfolios impacted by climate change issues.

    “IGCC looks forward to continuing to work with Minister Greg Hunt to strengthen Australia’s response to climate change and environmental issues ” said Emma Herd, Chief Executive Officer of the Investor Group on Climate Change.

    “The Investor Group on Climate Change welcomes the appointment of the Hon Jamie Briggs to the position of Minister for Cities and the Built Environment”.

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  • 11 Aug 2015 12:30 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Investor Group on Climate Change welcomes the release of the Government’s interim post 2020 emissions reduction target.

    In assessing Australia’s future emissions reduction targets, institutional investors expect credible, transparent, long-term policy frameworks which generate investor confidence.

    “The key question for investors is whether Australia’s target will deliver a credible signal for capital in managing the transition to a low carbon economy. We are concerned that a target of 26% by 2030 from a 2005 baseline will not deliver the certainty that investors are looking for” said Emma Herd, CEO of the Investor Group on Climate Change.

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  • 10 Jul 2015 10:00 AM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) Chairman Frank Pegan is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Herd as Chief Executive officer of IGCC.  

    “Emma brings extensive experience to the role in translating policy into practice, having been at the forefront of climate change in the financial services sector for over fifteen years” says IGCC Chairman Frank Pegan announcing the appointment. 

    Emma is well known across carbon policy and investor networks in Australia and internationally, having worked in sustainability and environmental practice across the financial services sector.

  • 29 Jun 2015 7:40 AM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    The Australian Climate Roundtable, an unprecedented alliance of major Australian business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups has come together to put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward. 

    The Australian Climate Roundtable discussions have involved the Australian Aluminium Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Australian Industry Group, the Business Council of Australia, The Climate Institute, the Energy Supply Association of Australia, the Investor Group on Climate Change and WWF Australia.

    Australia’s major political parties support the global community’s goal of limiting climate change to less than 2°C above preindustrial levels. Australia should play its fair part in these efforts while maintaining and increasing its prosperity.

    See here for the full Media Release

    See here for more on the Australian Climate Roundtable’s Joint Principles for Climate Policy

  • 28 May 2015 5:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    For the attention of the Finance Ministers of the Group of Seven (G-7)

    As institutional investors responsible for managing the retirement savings and investments of millions of people or managing endowments, we believe climate change is one of the biggest systemic risks we face. With the right market signals from policy makers, investment in low-carbon and climate resilient opportunities can flow and climate impacts and resulting economic damages can be mitigated. An ambitious agreement in Paris with the aim to limit average global temperature increase to 2°C, as agreed previously by UN countries in Cancun, is a critical first step in this direction.

    We therefore urge you to support:

    1. A long-term global emissions reduction goal in the Paris agreement;
    2. The submission of short to medium-term national emissions pledges and country level action plans.

    The benefits of addressing climate change outweigh the costs. According to the IEA, using today’s technologies it is possible to set the global energy and transport system on a 2°C pathway at no net cost. Marginal upfront costs in energy efficiency are offset by savings over time. This decoupling of energy use and economic growth is possible and already happening in certain regions.

  • 22 May 2015 5:00 PM | IGCC Secretariat (Administrator)

    From Paris Climate Week today, the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) endorsed the statement of the Business & Climate Summit and its central message to national governments: “We want a global climate deal that achieves net zero emissions – make it happen at COP21” 

    Paris Climate Week is a private sector led, preparatory event for the UN climate talks in Paris in December this year. IGCC members have been participating in discussions at the OECD on climate finance and in meetings with companies and international peers about policies to support the low carbon transition.

    "The positive momentum from business on climate action in Paris has been quite staggering", Nathan Fabian, Chief Executive of the IGCC said.

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