It’s Friday, June 11, and investors are telling the G-7 to stop subsidizing fossil fuels.

Ahead of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit that will take place from today until Sunday, investors managing a combined $41 trillion are asking world leaders to get serious about climate change. DWS Group, Legal and General Investment Management, and 455 other asset managers wrote a letter to the G-7 heads of state asking them to stop subsidizing fossil fuels, commit to net-zero emissions by 2050, strengthen 2030 emissions reduction targets, and phase out coal-fired power plants. 

G-7 is an organization of the seven countries with the largest industrialized economies: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.K., and the United States. The annual G-7 summit is being held in the U.K. this year. 

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The letter, organized by a net-zero advocacy group called the Investor Agenda, emphasizes that money from signatories will flow to countries that take on climate change. “Those who set ambitious targets in line with achieving net-zero emissions, and implement consistent national climate policies in the short-to-medium term, will become increasingly attractive investment destinations,” they wrote. “Full implementation of the Paris Agreement will create significant investment opportunities in clean technologies, green infrastructure and other assets, products and services needed in this new economy.” 

The summit is being held five months ahead of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Scotland, where signatories of the 2015 Paris climate accord will review their promises to cut emissions and are expected to set more ambitious goals.

Jena Brooker

 

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