Industry Voice: Sustainable investing - why a low-carbon approach matters

Climate change is the greatest environmental and social challenge that the world has ever faced.

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Industry Voice: Sustainable investing - why a low-carbon approach matters

There is an urgent need to transition to a low-carbon economic model in order to reverse the manmade damages made to the environment. Not doing so would risk health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth. The most recent instalment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, published on 9 August 2021, clearly outlines the state of the climate emergency and calls for an immediate and concerted effort to drastically reduce greenhouse gases and mitigate climate change.

Since the launch of the Janus Henderson Global Sustainable Equity Strategy in 1991, we have had clearly defined principles concerning the types of businesses we allocate capital to. A distinguishing feature of the strategy is its low carbon approach. Not only do we believe that this is the right thing to do for the environment, but we believe it makes good investment sense to avoid companies that are heavily exposed to climate-related risk and to invest in climate-related opportunities.

The Global Sustainable Equity Strategy has a carbon footprint that is significantly lower than the benchmark index

Source: Janus Henderson Investors, ISS Climate Impact, latest available data as at 31 December 2020. Benchmark: MSCI World Total Return Index. Average portfolio tCO2e based on the Global Sustainable Equity Fund (OEIC).

To address the climate issues that are emphasised in the IPCC report, we believe that the private sector will need to be instrumental in developing strategies which contribute to achieving net-carbon goals in order to support a carbon neutral economy. Investors will play an important role in this transition.

How can investors drive change?

The Global Sustainable Equity Team at Janus Henderson are co-founders of the Net Zero Carbon 10[1] (NZC10) commitment, alongside other asset management firms and the University of Oxford. The initiative sets ambitious yet achievable targets for reducing carbon emissions in the corporate sector. To do this effectively, NZC10 equips fund managers with a systematic framework to align their investment policies to the requirements for carbon neutrality, rather than just emissions reduction.

The team's low carbon approach to investing, which is woven into the investment process, means that the strategy has supported the impact of:

  • 33 million metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) emissions avoided - the equivalent to saving emissions from eight coal-fired power plants or annual energy of 4m homes or 7m cars off the road.
  • 213 GWh of renewable energy generated - which could provide annual electricity for 20,000 homes in the US.[2]

We believe that only an active management solution can deliver a truly low carbon portfolio and, at the same time, specifically invest in companies playing a positive role in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Read the Global Sustainable Equity Team's latest Annual Sustainability Report to find out more about how investors can drive change.



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[1] The scheme is due to launch officially in 2021. For more information please see

[2] The average annual consumption for a US household is 10,649 Kwh, which means 213 GWh could provide annual electricity needs for 20,000 US homes.


This article was funded by Janus Henderson Investors

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