• Investors to challenge sovereign SLB issuers using ASCOR, investor says

    12 February 2024

    Investors plan to use a tool for assessing countries' climate progress to challenge issuers of sustainability-linked bonds (SLBs) on the strength of their targets, an investor has said.

  • Opening the black box of sovereign debt and climate risks

    07 December 2023

    Sovereign debt investors are ready to use the first-of-its-kind Ascor tool to assess countries' climate progress, Adam Matthews and Esther Law tell Michael Hurley

  • ASCOR to assess countries based on contribution to $100bn climate finance goal

    14 November 2023

    A first-of-its-kind free tool to help bond investors assess countries' climate progress has been launched that will see investors rate sovereigns on factors including their contribution to the problem and the finance they commit to address it, following changes to its draft methodology.

  • UK prime minister under fire from industry for weakening climate policies

    20 September 2023

    UK prime minister Rishi Sunak announced he would delay a ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars and the phasing out of gas boilers, drawing a wave of criticism from investors and corporates who say the move harms plans for the transition.

  • People moves, 21 July: TPI, CDP, Barclays ... and more

    21 July 2023
  • Church of England Pensions Board leaves NZAOA

    04 July 2023

    The Church of England Pensions Board has left the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA), citing the need to maintain "a clear focus on one net zero initiative".

  • IIGCC publishes oil and gas standard

    20 April 2023

    The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has published a framework to help investors assess how aligned an oil and gas company's transition plan is with a 1.5°C climate scenario.

  • UK pension schemes' social dilemma

    18 August 2022

    The UK government is setting up a taskforce for social factors in pension fund investing. Michael Hurley asks what impact it could have

  • Gap growing between climate leaders and laggards in heavy industry

    08 August 2022

    The steel sector is pulling ahead of its peers in climate target-setting and alignment, Adam Matthews writes

  • Investors urged to pressure banks on slow climate progress

    28 July 2022

    An assessment revealing that large banks are "a long way" from aligning with a 1.5°C warming scenario should be used by investors to push for more aggressive action to cut emissions, according to an influential investor group.