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Craig MacKenzie discusses how to use SAA to achieve a 1.5C aligned portfolio

Ahead of the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020 taking place in Paris on the 10 March, we caught up with Craig MacKenzie, Head of Strategic Asset Allocatio at Aberdeen Standard Investments, to discuss how to use SAA to achieve a 1.5C aligned portfolio.

  • 23 January 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Ahead of the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020 taking place in Paris on the 10 March, we caught up with Craig MacKenzie, Head of Strategic Asset Allocatio at Aberdeen Standard Investments, to discuss how to use SAA to achieve a 1.5C aligned portfolio.

 

Q. How does a 1.5C portfolio differ from business-as-usual institutional portfolio?The current economy allocates too much capital to fossil fuels and other carbon intensive activities, and not enough to low carbon alternatives.

A 1.5C portfolio would be one where capital is reallocated from carbon intensive to carbon free alternatives and to energy efficiency in energy, transport, industrial processes, buildings, agriculture and land use. A 1.5C portfolio will have a significantly lower carbon footprint and lower allocation to fossil fuel producers. It will also have a higher allocation to carbon efficient companies and climate solutions – as defined by the EU Taxonomy. In addition to shifts within equities and credit, it may also have larger allocations to the infrastructure asset class, which is particularly rich in climate opportunities. The amount of portfolio shift is hard to pin down precisely, because it depends on the particular technology pathway, and how much ‘negative emissions’ will be relied on to hit the target.

 

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Craig Mackenzie will be sharing further insights at the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe 2020, organised in Partnership with UNEP-FI, to an audience of 400 asset owners, ratings agencies, banks, UN and Government policymakers, investors, development banks, think tanks, and NGOs committed to driving forward the sustainable finance agenda. Find out more here about the event here.