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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Global Warming - Investors Lobby for Global Warming Laws - $13 Trillion in Assets have something to say


Money talks, as they say. And in this case, 181 investors who collectively manage $13 trillion in assets (roughly four times the 2009 U.S. budget) have something to say about global warming. In a policy statement released Wednesday at the International Investor Forum on Climate Change in New York, the investors called for a "strong and binding international treaty that will reduce pollution and catalyze massive global investments in low-carbon technologies."

"I am deeply concerned about the investor risks climate change presents, and the human cost of inaction is unthinkable," said New York's Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, who is in charge of investing the $116.5 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. "As investors in the global economy, we can lead the way toward a future of lasting prosperity."

The investors' statement calls for the following elements to be included in a global climate change treaty:

  • A global target for emissions reductions of 50-85% by 2050 (1990 baseline)
  • Developed country emissions reduction targets of 80-95% by 2050 with interim targets of 25-40% by 2020 backed up by effective national action plans
  • Developing country action plans that deliver measurable and verifiable emission reductions
  • Government support for energy-efficient and low-carbon technology
  • Measures that support the move to an effective global carbon market, including ambition caps, fair and efficient allocation of allowances and links between different trading schemes
  • Revisions to the Clean Development Mechanism to ensure real, permanent and verifiable emission reductions
  • Public financing mechanisms that leverage private sector finance for investment in developing countries
  • Measures to reduce deforestation and promote afforestation
  • Support for adaptation to unavoidable climate change impacts
Global Warming - Investors Lobby for Global Warming Laws - thedailygreen.com


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