Climate change

The key objective of our climate policy is to systematically change the investment industry to ensure that it is fit for purpose for a world where the temperature rise needs to be kept to well below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Moreover, in March 2021 Brunel committed to be Net Zero by 2050, aiming to limit world temperature rises to 1.5°C.

We focus our energy in this area on five principal areas, as shown in the chart below: Policy Advocacy; Product Governance; Portfolio Management; Persuasion; and Positive Impact.

We also regularly publish on our own plans and performance in this area – far beyond the regulatory requirements. Our annual RI & Stewardship Outcomes Report considers our performance in meeting our RI goals – including on climate change; our annual Carbon Metrics Report shows the exposure of all our active holdings; and our TCFD Climate Action Plan reports on our progress around climate metrics and targets.

In 2022, Brunel embarked on its Climate Stocktake to review its Climate Change Policy, ahead of publishing a new policy in 2023. Brunel is heavily involved in action on public policy, such as through COP 27.

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