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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.

How directors and executives are failing to protect their businesses

06 July 2022 / published on Australian Financial Review

A KPMG survey published late last month found that more than a quarter of Australian companies had reported no material exposure to environmental or social risks.

When it comes to climate change, much of the focus of companies and directors has been on mitigation and the need to drastically reduce emissions.

It’s an understandable response, says company director and former banking regulator Geoff Summerhayes, given the global push to keep the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

“Climate change is permanent, and it is going to be disorderly,” says Summerhayes, a senior adviser to specialist climate change advisory and investment firm Pollination. “We need to think about how we’re going to live in a warmer world.”

The UK Infrastructure Bank should lead on net zero and nature

01 July 2022 / published on Aldersgate Group

James Cameron, Senior Advisor at Pollination, outlines why the UK Infrastructure Bank must lead the way in delivering net zero and nature restoration – and discusses how this can be achieved in practice through new policy measures.

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