Are you confused about what the Paris Climate Conference actually means to us as Panvestors? Today in our inaugural podcast series with our Stewards of Purpose, our sustainability analyst Tayef Quaderspeaks to Ms Melissa Low, a Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore about climate change negotiations, how these negotiations actually take place and what are some of the implications for companies in the future. In this podcast series, we aim to introduce to you our Stewards of Purpose who are not only subject matter experts on the four forms of capital we target (Human, Social, Environmental and Financial), but also help us stay true to our mission of Panvesting. We aim to share with you their objective opinions and viewpoints on various global sustainability issues and how they may relate to companies. Melissa Low has been representing Singapore at global climate negotiations for a number of years now and shares with us her first-hand insights on where they are headed.
A brief refresher: The Paris Agreement adopted by all the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Parties in December 2015 is the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate agreement. Much has happened since and many developments, especially in terms of regulations mandating climate risk disclosures by companies have gained traction. Increasingly we are seeing country-level commitments on carbon neutrality (China, South Korea and Japan), as well as corporations making similar commitments through Science Based Targets Initiative (62% of our portfolio companies have SBTi-approved climate targets) and the emergence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is set to play a central role in sustainability strategy going forward. With United States potentially rejoining the Agreement, the momentum is surely set to pick up now with all eyes on the Glasgow Climate Conference next year.
We hope you will enjoy listening to Tayef and Melissa's conversation on developing climate change regulations and if you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to reach out to Tayef at firstname.lastname@example.org