11 July 2024 – Paris-aligned equity portfolios: accessing emerging markets and climate solutions

Online roundtable with Storebrand Asset Management.

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The transition to clean energy is the challenge of our generation. The solutions are complex but so called ‘Paris-aligned’ portfolios are often more focused on decarbonisation trajectories than accessing the solutions. Developing economies, including China, are an essential part of the answer. How can investors position their portfolios to take advantage of the transition?

Storebrand is a leading asset manager in the Nordic region, providing cutting-edge sustainable investment solutions. Speaker Lauren Juliff, offered her insights into Paris-aligned portfolio construction and explained how their approach to systematic equity investing has evolved to improve alignment with the best available data, science, and policy over the years since the Paris Agreement was adopted by 196 parties at the United Nations’ COP21 in December 2015.

This session covered:

  • Why decarbonisation and de-risking can be counterproductive.
  • Why exposure to the clean energy value chain and the demand for growth is crucial.
  • Ways to access climate solutions in emerging markets.

We were delighted Storebrand Asset Management shared their extensive experience with our members.

Who should attend?

This event was open to local government pension scheme (LGPS) investment decision makers, DC master trusts, professional trustees, investment advisers and consultants interested in climate solutions. 


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Speaker biography

Lauren Juliff, Climate and Sustainability Product Lead, Head of UK Institutional at Storebrand Asset Management

Lauren is a climate change specialist, working closely with clients and the Storebrand investment team. She has written white papers on climate data in portfolio construction, regulation and reporting andthe impact onUK institutional pension funds. Lauren also leads Scottish Association for Marine Sciences’ (SAMS) UK and has over 20 years’ experience of working with institutional clients and consultants, with a particular focus on the LGPS. She has an MSc in Climate Change and a BSc (hons) in Mathematics. In 2021, Lauren wrote an award-winning dissertation on the management of climate-related investment risks in the LGPS. 


Monique Stephens, Host, Pensions for Purpose

Monique is a consultant and works alongside the team to host events for members of the Pensions for Purpose Community.  

She has over 27 years experience working in asset management, with UK institutional investors, including pension schemes, corporates and professional trustee relationships. Her career included time at Schroders, Fidelity International Invesco and more latterly J.P. Morgan Asset Management which she left last year to pursue her outside interests. 

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