Why environmental thematic strategies
Achieving a low carbon economy in harmony with our natural ecosystems requires a fundamental shift across business sectors and geographies. This transition is backed by a growing number of institutions, corporates and consumers and will require tens of trillions of investments over the next few decades.1
BNP Paribas Asset Management is the sustainable investor for a changing world. Through our Environmental Strategies Group, an experienced team of thematic investors, we offer a suite of strategies seeking positive returns and environmental outcomes.
The strategies are based on the premise that environmental themes may outperform the overall market over time and that exposure to these themes could generate attractive long-term return potential. They can also provide diversification and tangible environmental benefits.
Each strategy taps into key environmental themes through an active, global multi-sector approach to better manage risks and uncover the most compelling opportunities.
Team and resources
Ulrik Fugmann and Edward Lees lead our Environmental Strategies Group. It includes portfolio managers, equity and quantitative research analysts, and investment specialists. They benefit from access to our Sustainability Centre, Quantitative Research Group and global risk and trading platform.
1 Source: IRENA, International Renewable Energy Agency, World Energy Transitions Outlook, April 2021.
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Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
Some emerging markets offer less security than the majority of international developed markets. For this reason, services for portfolio transactions, liquidation and conservation on behalf of funds invested in emerging markets may carry greater risk.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Risk: The lack of common or harmonized definitions and labels integrating ESG and sustainability criteria at EU level may result in different approaches by managers when setting ESG objectives. This also means that it may be difficult to compare strategies integrating ESG and sustainability criteria to the extent that the selection and weightings applied to select investments may be based on metrics that may share the same name but have different underlying meanings. In evaluating a security based on the ESG and sustainability criteria, the Investment Manager may also use data sources provided by external ESG research providers. Given the evolving nature of ESG, these data sources may for the time being be incomplete, inaccurate or unavailable. Applying responsible business conduct standards in the investment process may lead to the exclusion of securities of certain issuers. Consequently, the Sub-Fund’s performance may at times be better or worse than the performance of relatable funds that do not apply such standards.
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