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Robeco extends exclusion of investments in fossil fuels to all its funds

News Team, 24/09/2020

Robeco has taken the decision to exclude investments in thermal coal, oil sands and Arctic drilling from all its mutual funds.

Robeco has decided to exclude investments in thermal coal as it is by far the highest carbon-emitting source of energy in the global fuel mix. Oil sands are among the most carbon-intensive means of crude oil production, and Arctic drilling poses higher risks of spills compared to conventional oil and gas exploration. It also has potentially irreversible impacts on the sensitive Arctic ecosystem.

Companies that derive 25 percent or more of their revenue from thermal coal or oil sands, or 10 percent or more from Arctic drilling, will be barred from investment portfolios. This step expands the thermal coal exclusion policy that already applied to Robeco’s most sustainable and impact strategies, and now also encompasses companies engaged in oil sands and Arctic drilling. The exclusion applies to all of Robeco’s mutual funds, excluding client-specific funds and mandates but including sub-advised funds.

The process of excluding fossil fuel companies will be completed by the end of Q4 2020.

Victor Verberk, CIO Fixed Income and Sustainability at Robeco: "Investing is not only about creating wealth but also about contributing to wellbeing, and we are fully convinced that if you focus on sustainability, you’re going to be a better asset manager. Our move to exclude investments in fossil fuels from our funds is a further step in our efforts to lower the carbon footprint of our investments, transitioning to a lower carbon economy. As global leader in sustainable investing we are committed to the Paris agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2 °C. This will require substantial reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades.”

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