Local Pensions Partnership Investments
LPPI manages assets on behalf of pension fund clients. LPPI joined the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative in November 2021 and made its Initial Target Disclosure in November 2022.
Percentage of assets covered by the Net Zero Asset Managers Commitment Statement
42% of total AUM (USD $12.4 billion)
Information on interim target(s) covering the proportion of assets to be managed in line with net zero
Portfolio coverage baseline
14% of AUM in material sectors is considered net zero, aligned, or aligning.
Portfolio decarbonisation reference baseline
107.9 tCO2e/ $m sales
Engagement threshold baseline
0% of financed emissions in material sectors are net zero or aligned. The gaps in reported company data on decarbonisation strategies and net zero aligned capital allocation prevents a full assessment of whether those in our portfolio can be classified as ‘net zero’ or ‘aligned’ at this stage. We therefore feel that we cannot accurately label a company as ‘net zero’ or ‘aligned’ hence our attribution of 0% here. We anticipate this figure improving as data quality improves. 42% of financed emissions in material sectors are subject to direct or collective engagement and stewardship actions.
Portfolio coverage target
32% of AUM in material sectors will be considered net zero, aligned or aligning by 2025; 55% of AUM in material sectors will be considered net zero, aligned or aligning by 2030; 100% of AUM in material sectors will be considered net zero or aligned to net zero by 2040.
Portfolio decarbonisation reference target
Engagement threshold target
Our full target is as follows: 70% of financed emissions in material sectors will either be assessed as already net zero, aligned with a net zero pathway, or subject to direct or collective engagement and stewardship actions by 2022; 90% by 2030. We are not separating our target between the share we intend to have under engagement vs the share considered net zero or aligned.
GHG scopes included:
Our portfolio decarbonisation baseline and target only include Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Scope 3 emissions are not yet widely reported by portfolio companies and when reported, do not cover all relevant categories of emissions, producing a biased picture of a company’s true emissions profile. Given the current issues surrounding the data coverage of Scope 3 emissions, we will progressively integrate portfolio Scope 3 emissions from 2023 in line with the IIGCC framework. This will be subject to the availability of sufficiently robust information. Our company-level assessments as part of our asset level targets include consideration of Scope 3 emissions disclosures and their inclusion within company targets as part of the alignment criteria.
Net Zero Investment Framework
We have adopted a benchmark-relative approach using the Global Equities Fund’s own comparator benchmark, MSCI ACWI, to create a 1.5C aligned pathway or ‘guardrail’ by applying a 50% reduction requirement by 2030 to its baseline position in 2019. The pathway is derived from the P2 scenario in the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5C and updated based on subsequent emissions growth which finds that a 50% reduction in 2019 emissions levels is needed globally by 2030.
Our data provider, MSCI, has yet to develop a 1.5C aligned pathway using a carbon budget approach. We plan to supplement our initial benchmark-reference approach with a portfolio self-decarbonisation target in due course to reflect the composition of the Global Equities Fund more precisely, and the position of individual companies against a tailored 1.5°C-aligned carbon budget. We will review our current trajectory and update our target to reflect the new bottom-up approach when this becomes available.
Proportion of AUM committed:
We have set targets for listed equities, the asset class for which we currently have sufficiently robust data and analytical capability to carry out net zero alignment, measurement, and monitoring. Data availability and resourcing constraints are a significant barrier, so we have opted for a phased approach to our target coverage. Real estate and corporate fixed income will be phased in from 2023. We will await the development of a market consensus on a sovereign bonds methodology before we include them and will follow this development closely over the next 12 months. We will also review the IIGCC’s recommendations for infrastructure and private equity once complete and establish a plan for bringing them into scope of our targets thereafter.
Policy on coal and other fossil fuel investments:
Yes. The policy can be found within our Responsible Investment Policy – Annex on Climate Change found here. A coal exclusion applies to our whole portfolio, which was £24.2bn ($29.4) in July 2022.
An extractive fossil fuel exclusion applies to our Global Equities Fund, which was £10.2bn ($12.4bn) in July 2022.
A document detailing our net zero approach and methodology is due to be made available from our website. Our most recent TCFD report provides further detail on our approach to managing climate change and further insight into our real estate portfolio. It can be found at the end of our Responsible Investment and Stewardship Annual Report 2020/21 here Details of our climate change stewardship approach, including net zero, can be found in our Shareholder Voting Guidelines here.