8 of the top 20 car manufacturers align to the transition to low carbon economy

14/02/2018


Paper companies fall short in climate transition

The asset owner backed Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) supported by funds with over £5/$6.9 trillion in assets under management today released its assessments of how 20 of the world’s largest publicly-listed automobile manufacturers, and 19 of the world’s largest publicly-listed paper companies are preparing for the transition to a low carbon economy.

TPI makes two assessments of companies: i) their corporate governance of climate change issues (‘management quality’), and ii) a forward-looking assessment of companies’ CO2 emissions and how they align with international targets (‘carbon performance’). 138 companies have now been assessed with the latest study by the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute, with data provided by FTSE Russell.

Key findings from the latest studies include:

TPI Management Assessment:

TPI Performance Assessment:

Commenting on the findings, Professor Simon Dietz at the London School of Economics who led the analysis said:

“Auto makers perform well on average despite some significant gaps in performance while the ratings of the paper sector are fairly average. What is clear is that across cross both sectors, inconsistent and incomplete reporting of emissions and of production volumes remains a key challenge.”

Commenting on the results, Adam Matthews – Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and Head of Engagement for the Church Commissioners and Church of England Pensions Board said:

“Autos are one of the best performing sectors that TPI has assessed but there are still too few companies with targets beyond 2020. If companies are to gain the confidence of investors that they are managing an important strategic risk to their businesses then they must provide longer-term targets. Targets are key to driving performance and enable peer to peer comparison.”

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency Pension Fund Investment Committee, said:

“The automotive industry has rightly come under a lot of scrutiny in recent years for the impacts of emissions on people’s health. This research shows parts of the industry taking their impact on the climate seriously, and we all know about some potentially world changing examples of innovation in this area. However, corporate disclosures on climate change, carbon management and performance are weak. Investors need robust, comparable data and too many car companies remain opaque.”

Euan Stirling, Global Head of Stewardship and ESG Investing, Aberdeen Standard Investments said:

“The TPI toolkit is a really useful, and free, resource for investors. It covers some of the most environmentally-sensitive sectors and the recently-published automotive and paper industry analyses highlight the need for this type of independent and objective research. In order to align with international targets, this research shows how much more will be required from companies in the way that they think, act and report on their activities. We look forward to building the findings into the discussions that we have with the companies in which we invest our Clients’ capital”.

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Management quality and carbon performance of automobile manufacturers: a commentary

Management quality and carbon performance of paper producers: a commentary

 

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Contact

Mark Arena, Head of Financial Communications, Church of England
mark.arena@churchofengland.org
020 7898 1221

Chris Le Marquand, Media & PR Officer, Church of England
chris.lemarquand@churchofengland.org
020 7898 1682

 

Notes to editors

The TPI is an asset owner-led and asset manager-supported global initiative which identifies companies and key sectors’ preparedness for transition to the low carbon economy, supporting efforts to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change.

A joint initiative between the National Investing Bodies of the Church of England (the Church of England Pensions Board, Church Commissioners and CBF Church of England Funds) and the Environment Agency Pension Fund, it draws on the best available data and analysis by leading partner organisations, LSE/Grantham Research Institute and FTSE Russell.

Launched in January 2017, academically-robust and publicly-available online, it is now supported by over 25 global asset owners with more than £5 trillion/$6.9 trillion combined AUM.

www.transitionpathwayinitiative.org

Further findings on autos included:

Further findings on paper included: