The top 100 asset owners in the world control close to US$26 trillion
That’s more than twice the value of all the gold in the world
Or the combined value of the world’s 50 largest
It’s enough to buy all the residential property
in London — every house, flat,
mansion and penthouse 11 times over
In recent years, an increasing amount of capital has been allocated to
combat climate change.
But are these allocations reducing emissions? Are they removing carbon
from the atmosphere?
The answers start with targets
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How are asset owners setting their targets?
What type of climate‑related targets do asset owners use?
Top 5 commonly used targets
49% Emissions reduction
43% Climate risk
Portfolio coverage/ asset-level alignment
Implied temperature rise
Amount invested in climate solutions
Do asset owners use different types of targets?
use the same target type for all climate-related fund targets
Beneath the surface, many asset owners expect it to become more challenging
to meet climate targets while also maximising returns.
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“In future, we expect it to be increasingly difficult to achieve emissions
reduction targets while delivering the best possible returns”
of surveyed 217 asset owners agreed
of Southern Africa respondents agree
of Asia Pacific respondents agree
of Europe respondents agree
of North America respondents agree
Our research explores how asset owners currently use climate-related
targets, and the potential of transition finance to help them balance their
climate targets and financial goals.
Many transition finance assets are undervalued or high‑yielding securities,
typically issued by high‑emitting or energy‑intensive companies. They are
often excluded from the portfolios of climate‑focused investors.
Implemented responsibly, the transformation of companies funded by
transition finance can support growth in revenue and profitability.
At the same time, asset owners can enable real cuts in emissions by
helping these companies to apply credible climate-change strategies.
Find out more in our research report on how asset owners are targeting
real-world climate impact.