As we reflect on the President’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, we are proud to have been present at the COP21 conference in Paris for the inception of this accord. Geeta Aiyer spoke on Energy Day of the conference as the investor voice on energy efficiency during the historic negotiations in 2015.
Boston Common remains committed to assertively engaging portfolio companies to pursue ambitious carbon, water, and waste reduction goals through Eco-Efficiency measures. We know that efficiency gains will drive over 50% of the changes needed to meet US and global targets under the terms of the Paris Agreement.
Our recent actions support the urgent work of our planet’s transition to a sustainable future:
- We invest in forward-thinking companies and actively engage them to be more aligned with a 2 degrees Celsius future. Read more about our investment approach and engagement.
- We have joined over 1,000 U.S. investors, businesses, states, cities, and universities pledging to help the US deliver on its international climate commitments. Click to read the full Ceres statement and press release.
- We have urged global leaders to stand by their commitments to the Paris Agreement, alongside a coalition of investors led by the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The letter has been signed by over 280 investors representing more than US $17 trillion in assets.