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2012 Investor Summit

On January 12, 2012, nearly 500 of the world’s investors and most powerful financial players gathered at the United Nations to showcase their actions and discuss promising trends to catalyze the large-scale investment needed to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate potentially catastrophic climate impacts.

On January 12, 2012, nearly 500 of the world’s investors and most powerful financial players gathered at the United Nations to showcase their actions and discuss promising trends to catalyze the large-scale investment needed to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate potentially catastrophic climate impacts.

While progress is being made, the investors, convened by Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk, agreed that much more must be done to slow the pollution that is changing Earth’s climate and triggering a rise in disruptive weather events, from droughts and heat waves to extreme flooding. Fortunately many strategies for mitigating climate risks present attractive investment opportunities with potential for strong and sustained growth.

For more information, download the pdf Investors are Acting on Climate Change.

Watch a webcast of the entire summit below.

Investor Summit Webcast Part One (Morning)


Investor Summit Webcast Part Two (Afternoon)

At the 2012 Investor Summit on Climate Risk & Energy Solutions...

Leading members of the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR) announced the 2012 Investor Action Plan on Climate Risks and Opportunities at the Investor Summit on Climate Risk and Energy Solutions at the United Nations headquarters Thursday January 12. The 2012 Action Plan includes action items in three broad categories: investment practices; corporate engagement; and policy advocacy.

Also at the Summit on Thursday, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released new research data showing a record $260 billion in total clean energy investment in 2011, up five percent from $247 billion in 2010 and five times the total attained only seven years ago. Highlights of the ’11 data include a 36 percent surge in total investment in solar power to $136.6 billion and the U.S. overtaking China for the first time since 2008 in total clean energy investment. US investment was a record $55.9 billion, up 35 percent, while China saw investment rise just one percent to $47.4 billion.

New research by Deutsche Asset Management was also announced. The publication 2011: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly reports on trends in climate investments and policy in 2011.

Global investment consultant Mercer released Through the Looking Glass: How Investors are Applying Results of the Climate Change Scenarios Study, a progress report on how large institutional investors are addressing climate change, following on the climate change asset allocation study they released last year.

In a speech which ended with a standing ovation, Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO spoke about the urgency to address climate risks and build a low carbon economy, expressing the need for comprehensive climate legislation to address the climate challenge while also creating jobs.

View the complete agenda here...

About the Investor Summits

Since 2003, the biennial Investor Summit on Climate Risk at the United Nations has been the preeminent forum for leading institutional investors in North America, Europe and the rest of the world to discuss the implications of climate change for capital markets and their portfolios.

At the last Summit on January 14, 2010, more than 520 financial, corporate, and investor leaders with more than $22 trillion in combined assets highlighted the fact that private investment in climate change solutions is crucial for addressing the climate crisis and will not happen at the necessary scale without climate and energy policies that limit emissions and put a price on carbon. The 2012 Summit will continue to drive forward this urgent agenda.

2012 Investor Summit attendees include:

Accenture
Acumen Fund
Addenda Capital
AFL-CIO
Aird & Berlis LLP
Alatus
AllianceBernstein Institutional Investment Management
Amalgamated Bank LongView Funds
Anvil Knitwear
APG Asset Management
ArcFinance
Arnerich Massena, Inc.
As You Sow
Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investing in Asia
ASSET4
Auriel Capital
Avatar Alliance Foundation
AWJ Capital Partners, LLC
Bank of America, Merrill Lynch
Barclays Capital
Bentley College
Black Coral Capital
BlackRock
Bloomberg
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Blue Hill Partners, LLC
Blue Moon Fund
Boardwalk Capital Management
Borealis Infrastructure
Boston Common Asset Management, LLC
Boston Provident, L.P.
Brookings
Bryant Miller Olive
BTPS
CA Technologies
California Public Employees' Retirement System
California State Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
California State Teachers' Retirement System
Calvert Asset Management Company, Inc.
Calvert Foundation
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Capital Institute
Capricorn LLC
Carbon Disclosure Project
Carbon War Room
Cater Communications
Change to Win Investment Group
Chartis International
Christensen Global Strategies, LLC
Citi
ClearBridge Advisors
Climate Bonds Initiative
Climate Central
Climate Nexus
Climate Policy Initiative
Climate Reality Project
ClimateWorks Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company
Conecticut Insurance Department
Confluence Philanthropy
Connecticut Office of State Treasurer
Constellation Energy
Council of Institutional Investors
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
CtW Investment Group
David Gardiner & Associates
Delaware Office of the Delaware State Treasurer
Department of State
Deutsche Asset Management
Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Borse
Domini Social Investments
Donahue and Goldman, LLC
Dow Jones Indexes
E+Co
Ecobank Transnational Incorporated
Ecological Solutions
Educational Foundation of America
EKO Asset Management Partners
EMC
Empirical Asset Management
Energi
Energy Foundation
Environment America
Environmental Protection Agency
Ernst & Young
Ethical Investment Research Services
F&C Management
Fair Trade Foundation
First State Investments
Former Office of Governor Mitt Romney
Folksam
Fresh Sound Foundation
Fried Frank
FTSE
Fund Votes
Generation Investment Management LLP (US)
Gimbel Foundation
Glass, Lewis & Co. LLC
Global Environment Fund
Global Infrastructure
Global Philanthropy Partnership
Gold Standard Foundation
Golden Tree
Goldman Sachs
Good Energies
Goulston & Storrs
Grassroots Business Fund
Green America
Green Century Capital Management
GRI
Hannon Armstrong
Hara
Hewlett
Honest Buildings
House Natural Resources Committee
HSBC
Hudson Clean Energy Partners
Impax Asset Management
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Pension Fund
International Finance Corporation
Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute
IW Financial
Jonathan Rose Companies
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kemper Starla Consultancy
Kresge Foundation
Laborers' International Union of North America
Lazard Asset Management LLC
Legg Mason
Liability Dynamics Consulting, LLC
Light Green Advisors
Macquarie Capital
Massachusetts Office of Commonwealth Development
McKinsey & Co
Mercer
Mercer Investment Consulting, Inc.
Merck Family Foundation
Mercy Investment Services, Inc.
Mexican Stock Exchange
Miller/Howard Investments, Inc.
Minnesota Department of Commerce
MJ Bradley & Associates
Moody's Investment Services
Morgan Stanley
NASDAQ OMX
National Grid
National Wildlife Federation
Native American Financial Officers Association
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nephila Advisors LLC
New Horizon Partners
New York City Office of the Comptroller
New York Common Retirement Fund
New York State Comptroller
New York State Teachers' Retirement System
North Carolina Department of State Treasurer
North Sky Capital
Northern Trust
National Renewable Energy Laboratory/ Department of Energy
NYC Public Advocate
New York City Energy Efficiency Corp.
NYSE
NYX
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Open Society Institute
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Parnassus
Pax World Management Corp.
Pegasus Capital Advisors
Pennsylvania Treasury Department
Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
PIRC Limited
Presbyterian Church (USA)
PRI
Prudential
Prudential Investment Management
Regent Square Advisors
Reinsurance Association of America
Responsible Endowments Coalition
Responsible Research
Rhode Island Office of the General Treasurer
RiskMetrics Group
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Financial Asset Management
Rockefeller Foundation
Russell Investments
Rutgers University
SAIL Capital Partners, LLC
Scherman Foundation
SEB
SEM
Service Employees International Union
Sierra Club
Sierra Club Foundation
Silver Leaf Partners, LLC
Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia
Skoll Foundation
Smith Breeden Associates, Inc.
Standard & Poor's
State of Connecticut
State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
State Street Corporation
State Street Global Advisors
Strategy International
Surdna Foundation
Sustainability Risk Advisors
Sustainable Asset Management USA, Inc.
Sustainable Development Capital
Sustainable Endowments Institute
Sustainable Energy for All
Sustainable Investments Institute
Sustainalytics
Swiss Re
TerraVerde Capital Management LLC
The Business Council for the United Nations, United Nations Association of the USA
The Christopher Reynolds Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Partnership for Strong Communities
The Putnam Foundation
TIAA-CREF
Tides Advocacy Fund
Tremaine Foundation
Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment
Trillium Asset Management Corporation
Triple Pundit
Trucost
Tundra Cap
United States Department of Energy
UBS Global Asset Management
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
United Nations Executive Office of Security-General
United Nations Office for Partnerships
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
United Methodist Church General Board of Pension and Health Benefits
United Nations Democracy Fund
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Development Programme - GEF
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Foundation
United Nations Global Compact
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
United Nations Information Management Service
United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
United Nations System Chief Executive Board for Coordination
Universities Superannuation Scheme
US Bank
US Department of Energy
US Senate
US SIF
US Treasury Department
V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
Veris Wealth Partners
Walden Asset Management
Water Asset Management, LLC
Wellington Management Company
White House Council on Environmental Quality
Willis Research Network
Winslow Management Company
World Bank Group
World Economic Forum
World Resources Institute
Yale
Ygrene
Ze Gen
Zurich Financial Services