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Aviva Investors updates investors on net zero progress

by LLB Reporter
30th May 22 11:44 am

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has published a report on the progress being made by its £47 billion Real Assets business towards net zero as it continues to improve the sustainability credentials of new and existing buildings and help investors navigate the transition towards a low-carbon future.

Last year Aviva Investors announced an ambitious Net Zero Pathway to reach net zero emissions across its entire Real Assets platform by 2040, and Aviva plc unveiled its plan to become a net zero carbon emissions company by 2040, representing the most demanding target of any major insurance company in the world.

Amanda Blanc, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva plc, said: “As a major investor in UK infrastructure and real estate, Aviva has a significant opportunity and responsibility to ensure we finance projects that help the built environment in its transition to net zero. So it’s encouraging to see this progress, however we still have a long way to go before we fulfil our sustainability ambitions. Our investors and customers expect leading results, and we will maintain a laser focus on delivering them.”

Daniel McHugh, CIO, Real Assets, at Aviva Investors, commented: “Net zero targets must move on from being pledges to attract investor capital and instead be grounded in action if the real assets sector is to fulfil its potential in tackling the climate crisis. The five interim goals of our Pathway are arguably the most important aspect of our commitment to net zero. They provide proof-points against which our progress can be measured and are designed to give clients confidence in the investments we make on their behalf, and their impact in supporting the transition towards a low carbon future.”

In its update, Aviva Investors also outlines several factors which are likely to make net zero flightpaths more challenging for investors. This includes significant divergences in the level of disclosure across asset classes, for example in private credit where provision of ESG and impact data to lenders is uncommon, and in real estate where very little ESG data is available at the point of sale.

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