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How Country Road is tackling climate change

21 October 2022 / published on AFR

Pollination worked with Country Road, a subsidiary of Woolworths Holdings Limited, as an advisor on the launch of Australia’s first fashion industry climate fund. Over the next three years it will invest 1.5 million US dollars in grant funding to projects driving climate solutions in the Australian fashion industry.

Pollination Managing Director Helen Crowley said “What makes the Climate Fund so exciting is the recognition of the Australian fashion sector’s impact on climate change. It requires pursuing and supporting multiple approaches simultaneously. This is exactly what Country Road is doing with its new fund that focuses on protecting and restoring biodiversity, supporting Indigenous Peoples and innovating around business models and products.”

AFR

The SMI’s Natural Capital Investment Alliance hosts first event to scale and accelerate investment in Natural Capital and announces new chair.

20 October 2022 / published on SMI

The first event from the NCIA, held in collaboration with the Green Finance Institute, also saw the announcement of a new chair of the NCIA, Tony O’Sullivan, Founder and Chair, Pollination.
Bringing together asset managers, bankers, policymakers and tech industry representatives to discuss how to scale and accelerate investment in Natural Capital.
The Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Natural Capital Investment Alliance (NCIA) held an event on Tuesday at Kew Gardens to bring together Asset managers, bankers, policy makers and tech industry representatives to discuss how to scale and accelerate investment in Natural Capital.
Following his appointment, Tony O’Sullivan, Founder and Chair, Pollination said: “Nature is at a tipping point – historically undervalued, its degradation threatens every aspect of the global economy and our way of life. However, with nature markets valued at more than $7trillion a year, we are in a new era of investing where nature impacts, dependencies and outcomes need to be considered across all types of assets.
“The SMI Natural Capital Investment Alliance (NCIA) has a crucial role to play, and I am honoured to be working with leaders in our field to accelerate the impact-focused Natural Capital investment solutions needed to restore the world’s natural ecosystems and halt biodiversity loss.”

SMI

The Role for Private Investors in the EU’s nature restoration plans 

16 September 2022 / published on ESG Investor

We are now at the tipping point of nature-based carbon solutions, says Phil Cohn, Executive Director, Pollination.

Investment into nature-based solutions (NBS) must play a critical role in mitigating the twin crises of climate change and nature loss. Interest in such solutions has been increasing over the past 12-18 months along with a significant uplift in the voluntary carbon market (VCM). This has primarily been led by corporates’ commitments to net zero targets as well as private-sector investors diversify their portfolios to include carbon credits as a tradable asset.

The VCM is now poised to channel significant financial flows to emission reduction and removal activities, including NBS. The value of the voluntary market hit US$1 billion in 2021 and is forecast to hit over US$1.5 billion by the end of this year.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

09 September 2022 / published on

It was with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and we send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the entire Royal Family for their loss. We will always be grateful for Her Majesty’s extraordinary legacy, for Her enduring love of nature […]

IPBES report ‘highlights complexity of valuing nature’

14 July 2022 / published on Environmental Finance

A report on valuing nature by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) illustrates that investors need to look beyond financial considerations to capture its intrinsic value.

The result of a four-year assessment by 82 scientists, the report has been approved by 139 member states of the IPBES. It is titled: Decisions Based on Narrow Set of Market Values of Nature Underpin the Global Biodiversity Crisis.

Helen Crowley, partner at natural capital-focused investment advisory firm Pollination, told Environmental Finance: “The thing that is interesting about this report is it highlights there are many different stakeholder views on the value of nature.”

The IPBES found that only 2% out of more than 1,000 studies reviewed consulted stakeholders on valuation findings. Nature valuing methods were rarely used to tackle power imbalances of stakeholders in nature, such as Indigenous Peoples, the platform said.

Approximately 80% of biodiversity is managed by Indigenous Peoples or local communities, Crowley said. “They’re close to this, they depend on it.”

We are now at the tipping point of nature-based carbon solutions

07 July 2022 / published on ESG Investor

We are now at the tipping point of nature-based carbon solutions, says Phil Cohn, Executive Director, Pollination.

Investment into nature-based solutions (NBS) must play a critical role in mitigating the twin crises of climate change and nature loss. Interest in such solutions has been increasing over the past 12-18 months along with a significant uplift in the voluntary carbon market (VCM). This has primarily been led by corporates’ commitments to net zero targets as well as private-sector investors diversify their portfolios to include carbon credits as a tradable asset.

The VCM is now poised to channel significant financial flows to emission reduction and removal activities, including NBS. The value of the voluntary market hit US$1 billion in 2021 and is forecast to hit over US$1.5 billion by the end of this year.

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