In September this year, leaders from across the globe gathered in San Francisco for the Global Climate Action Summit
, and UNPRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) in Person Conference
. Focusing in on ‘taking ambition to the next level’ regarding climate action, these best-in-class events stimulated actionable insight, knowledge-sharing and new ways of thinking about the way we can approach climate change. The Global Climate Action Summit alone attracted over 5,000 climate leaders from more than 100 countries with around 315 speakers, demonstrating the significant reach and impact of these initiatives.
To share key insights from these events and apply lessons learned to a local application, Investa co-hosted a thought leadership panel event with Romilly Madew
, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia. The panel session was facilitated by Investa’s own Nina James
, General Manager, Corporate Sustainability, with Oliver Yates
, Executive Director, Macquarie Group, Simon Wild
, Group Head of Transformation, Sustainability, Lendlease, Adam Kirkman
, Head of ESG, AMP Capital, Emma Herd
, Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) providing the robust panel debate.
The open discussion shared key insights from both events, including the expanding weight of capital seeking responsible investment deployment, global institutional investor leadership, and how these trends will directly impact property in Australia in the next 24 months. In addition, the panel debated pathways to net zero emissions and beyond, and the rising awareness of social licence to operate in the private sector. Finally, to make outcomes more tangible, the panel challenged the audience to consider where their own super funds are invested, and if that investment profile personally aligned with their values around climate change.
As a public advocator for real action on climate change, we would like to thank the Green Building Council Australia for coordinating this important event, enabling Investa to bring together industry leaders to share critical global insights into investor, private sector and government action on climate change.