ESG knowledge shared: June 2021

ESG knowledge shared: June 2021

Keep up to date with responsible investing through our monthly roundup of highlights – articles we’re reading, podcasts we’re enjoying and more.

Responsible investment is continuously evolving, driven by the research and insight that fuels new discussions. Keep up to date on your responsible investing knowledge using our external ‘top picks’ of content. See what content our team have enjoyed in the last month and access thinking across third party events, articles, video and more.

Climate change

The Climate Solution Actually Adding Millions of Tons of CO2 Into the Atmosphere

For anyone who thought carbon offsetting would be a way out, think twice. Many offsets are fake, so we must be careful when considering offsetting in Net Zero 2050 pledges.

Climate scientists: concept of net zero is a dangerous trap

An important reminder from climate scientists that net zero is a deceptively simple term. Current net zero policies will not keep warming to within the crucial 1.5°C requirement because they were never intended to: they were and still are driven by a need to protect business as usual, not the climate. The scientists argue that sustained cuts to carbon emissions need to happen now to protect the future of human life on Earth.

Cleaning Up – Leadership in an age of climate change

Michael Liebreich, Chairman and CEO of clean energy and transportation consultancy Liebreich Associates, sits down each week for a conversation (and a drink) with leaders in clean energy, mobility, climate finance and sustainable development to discuss the climate transition.

Ice Rivers – a story of glaciers, wilderness and people, histories entwined, at a moment when their relationship is about to change forever

Professor Jemma Wadham – one of the world’s leading glaciologists – provides a powerful eye-witness account from the frontline of the climate crisis, discussing how our glaciers are in peril and disturbing surrounding ecosystems. With massive methane emissions potentially bubbling up from below melting glaciers, the potential consequences for humanity are dire.

Metals + Mining

Rusal plans spin-off in green aluminium push

Russian aluminium producer Rusal – a key player in the notoriously hard-to-abate, high carbon footprint aluminium industry – has announced plans to demerge its smelters and refineries to focus on ‘green’ aluminium instead. Is this out of a genuine strategic belief the growth area of the future is green… Or is it a smart way to shed greyish assets into obscure companies to evade responsible investment scrutiny?

Australian mine contractor fails to obtain insurance on ESG concerns

BMD Group, which is working on the controversial Adani Enterprises’ Carmichael mine, has failed to secure insurance owing to environmental concerns – a stark example of how financing fuel in Australia has dried up thanks to environmental, social and governance concerns.

Social issues

Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop & Power

Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock discusses her experience as the only Black member of the band and more generally as a Black woman in the music industry, to explore racism within the industry. Throughout, she works to understand how she can use her platform and privilege to combat the racism she sees around her.

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