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Earth Day 2023 – Making strides since 1970


It’s important to identify opportunities while mitigating risks associated with the transition to a more sustainable planet. With this year’s Earth Day theme being, “Invest in our planet,” it is a timely reminder of the international policy supporting green investments. To be effective stewards of client assets, we believe portfolios should be managed aligned to real economy transition pathways, which rely on mobilizing capital at scale to the regions and sectors which need it most. 

We estimate investment of around US$100 trillion is needed to ‘green’ the world’s capital stock but clear signals from the Inflation Reduction Act in the US and Net Zero Industry Act in Europe are helping to deliver steps towards those goals. Subsidies to support the electrification of the energy system, build out of renewables, green hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are helping identify new investment opportunities across multiple sectors.

Coordination globally is needed to ensure the most efficient scaling and location of green supply chains; to remove barriers to innovation for new technologies; to ensure better pricing of externalities such as carbon and methane; and to protect against any unintended consequences from fragmented policy action.  

Kristina Church, head of responsible strategy, BNY Mellon


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