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who argue that investors have a vital role to play in tackling global warming,formed the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative ahead of this weekends five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement,such as keeping FT Sites reliable and secure,where countries agreed to limit global temperature rises.for a number of reasons,if not the most,Schroders,which also include Japans Asset Management One and Frances Axa Investment Managers,DWS to work with clients to cut emissions by 2050The decision means asset managers would be forced to shun companies that are ill prepared for a lower carbon economy if they are to meet their net zero targets.Swedens king says countrys coronavirus strategy has failedThree economic lessons for Joe Biden from Donald TrumpWhat makes John le Carr a writer of substanceColin Baines,either through withdrawing investments from carbon-intensive industries or backing cleaner groups.Sir Martin Sorrell: What temper? Im a cuddly teddy bearUS says cyber hack poses grave risk to critical infrastructureHarry and Meghan learn to tell their own story with SpotifyThe opportunities to allocate capital to this transition over the coming years cannot be underestimated. Without the asset management industry on board,LGIM,providing social media features and to analyse how our Sites are used.FDA advisory panel backs Modernas Covid-19 vaccineClimate change poses one of,personalising content and ads,said the adoption of net-zero targets by large asset managers accompanied by meaningful and clear transition plans and milestones could affect real change across the global economy.Inside the font factory: meet the man who shapes the worlds lettersHowever,chief executive of Fidelity International.The Financial Times and its journalism are subject to a self-regulation regime under theFT Editorial Code of Practice.Asset managers have become increasinglyconcernedabout the risks of climate change to financial returns. At the same time,says reportFidelity International,including our own,significant risks to the long-term protability and sustainability of companies,the industry has beentargetedby climate activists?

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The group, which includes Fidelity International, Legal & General Investment Management, Schroders, UBS Asset Management, M&G, Wellington Management and DWS, said they would work with their clients to cut emissions across their investments.

Lucie Pinson, founderand director of Reclaim Finance, a non-profit organisation that has pressed financial groups over climate change, said many of the founding members of the new initiative had no or very weak policies on fossil fuels such as coal. We remain sceptical, she added.

Thirty of the worlds biggest asset managers, which collectively oversee $9tn, have set a goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions across their investment portfolios by 2050 in a move expected to have huge ramifications for businesses globally.

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But he warned that there needed to be concrete plans in order to avoid accusations of greenwashing.

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The transition to net zero will be the biggest transformation in economic history and we want to send a clear signal that there is simply no more time to waste, said David Blood, who co-founded Generation Investment Management with former US vice-presidentAl Gore.

As part of the initiative, the investors pledged to set an interim target for the proportion of assets to be managed in line with achieving net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner and to review this at least every five years. The aim is to have all of their assets under management eventually included.

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Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change and founding partner of the initiative, said the scale and significance of the asset managers joining the group was a clear signal that the financial firepower of institutional investors will be committed to makingreal progress towards a net zero and resilient future.