SPS Climate Change Investment: Risk & Opportunities for Pension Funds

February 10, 2022

The Dilly, London

What you can expect at this event

This conference features educational talks covering a range of climate change investment strategies and how they can be integrated into investment processes. The panels and Q&A sessions are led by professional trustees and consultants who will focus the discussions on the key questions and practical priorities for pension funds. You will also find out what other pension funds are currently doing to manage the climate risks during the investor case studies. With a focus on pension fund attendees, the friendly discussions with peers during the breaks can also prove very worthwhile.


This will be a full day conference with approximate timings of:



Registration & Coffee

Session 1



Celene Lee

Principal & Senior Investment Consultant


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Head of ESG Development

Amundi Asset Management

How can investors contribute to net zero efforts?

1.    Cop26 take-aways
2.    Incorporating net zero – solutions (including exclusions and engagement)
3.    Financing challenge of net zero in different geographies – EM focus
4.    Integration and case studies

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Climate Change Investment Analyst

Sarasin & Partners

Integrating climate to drive returns & impact?  

•    Net Zero 
•    Implementing engagement 
•    Climate value at risk 
•    Integration in portfolios


Coffee/tea break


Session 2



Clive Gilchrist

Trustee Executive



Responsible Investment Manager

Aegon Asset Management

Climate Change in Fixed Income Portfolios

•    How to think about climate transition within investment portfolios.
•    The challenges in identifying and understanding climate risks within fixed income markets.
•    How these risks vary across different sectors, geographies, credit qualities and maturity profiles.
•    Why short-dated bonds are particularly climate-efficient.
•    What clients should look for in climate impact reporting.
•    How short-dated bonds can help pension and treasury investors align their investment objectives      with meeting stakeholder expectations and regulatory requirements.

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President and Chief Executive Officer


Natural Capital Investment Climate Benefits 

Natural capital is the world's stock of natural resources, including soils, air, water and all living organisms. Natural capital is vital for the global economy accounting for 50% of global GDP.
Farmland and timberland investments represent an intrinsic investment in Natural Capital. Improving the efficiency of food and timber production, whilst protecting existing habitats and restoring damaged ecosystems enhances natural capital and can provide 10 Gt of carbon emission savings, contributing to 37% of CO2 emission reductions needed by 2030 to limit global temperature increase to 2°C. The portfolio fit, role in pathway to net zero and accessing these opportunities will be covered in this session.




Session 3

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Melanie Cusack

Client Director


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Director - Investment Practices,

PRI Principles for Responsible Investment

Transferring policy commitment into investment action

COP26 has triggered a wave of commitments to net zero portfolios by asset managers and asset owners. Various frameworks and tools exist from a range of advisers, consultants and NGOs - but few practical examples exist. PRI recently published a series of case studies on incorporating ESG into investment processes and mandates, Toby will explore some of these case studies and how these asset managers and owners have approached this challenge

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Climate Change Lead and Market Relations

World Gold Council

Gold & Climate Change: Decarbonising investment portfolios

The World Gold Council continues to add further building blocks to its research looking at gold and climate change. In this presentation they will focus on the findings of their most recent research paper where they partnered with Urgentum. The presentation will cover:
How including gold as a portfolio asset can have a positive impact on portfolio performance from a climate transition perspective and help to reduce a portfolio’s overall carbon footprint and vulnerability to climate transition risks and shocks.


Tea/coffee break


Session 4; Investor Perspectives



Nick Spencer


Gordian Advice

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Chief Executive Officer

London Pensions Fund Authority

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Deputy Chief Responsible Investment Officer

 Church of England Pensions Board


Close of conference


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors and we welcome new attendees from these investors. Therefore if you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 3 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.


The Dilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 8000


The hotel is located on the north side of Piccadilly, close to Piccadilly Circus, only two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station.

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