Climate Crisis Pensions – are you moving yours away from fossil fuels?

June 17, 2019

Green investments are starting to be more and more relevant with climate crisis becoming more of a reality. Enable’s IFAs’ in Bishop’s Stortford have seen more and more support, especially in pension schemes for moving people’s money from fossil fuels into renewables.

If you have a pension which is usually your long-term investment and wonder what your money is invested in, you may be interested to know that many pension schemes are already shifting portfolios towards renewables and away from fossil fuels. It is something to consider that during the last few years a number of pension schemes have taken action to protect their members from the risks associated with climate breakdown. They have largely done this by reducing their exposure to companies with reserves of coal, oil and gas in their portfolios.

To do something does not always mean you have to completely pull out of all carbon dependant companies. Some providers have chosen to apply more of a positive “tilt” in their pension portfolios, one that increases support for businesses identified as vital to combating the climate crisis. Investing more in companies working on renewable energy, while at the same time reducing investment in firms that are heavy carbon emitters, have fossil fuel reserves or are not making the sorts of changes needed to meet emission reduction targets.

Pensions minister, Guy Opperman says, pension schemes should be supported for moving people’s money out of fossil fuels and into renewables because the financial risks from the climate crisis are “too important to ignore”. The minister also believes more can be achieved: “Pension schemes can identify investment opportunities which will make market-beating returns for members. “They ought to be thinking about the assets which help drive new investment in important sectors of the economy: smaller and medium firms, housing, green energy projects and other infrastructure which deliver the sustainable employment, communities and environments which all of us wish to enjoy.”
Enable’s IFAs can help you look at greening your pension and other long-term investments.

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https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/jun/03/pensions-must-do-right-thing-on-climate-change-says-minister

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