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Climate change

The fund’s Climate Change Policy explains the fund’s approach to addressing the risks and opportunities related to climate change.

Responsibility for the implementation of this Policy, prepared in alignment with the final recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”), is held by the scheme administrator and Lead Commissioner for Pensions and Investment and it is reviewed annually.

View our Climate Change Policy

What is “TCFD”?

The Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was commissioned in 2015 by Mark Carney in his remit as Chair of the Financial Stability Board. In 2017 the TCFD released its recommendations for improved transparency by companies, asset managers, asset owners, banks, and insurance companies with respect to how climate-related risks and opportunities are being managed. Official supporters of the TCFD total 930 organisations representing a market capitalisation of over $11 trillion. Disclosure that aligns with the TCFD recommendations currently represents best practice.

The recommendations are based on the financial materiality of climate change. The four elements of recommended disclosures are designed so as to make TCFD-aligned disclosures comparable, but with sufficient flexibility to account for local circumstances. Examples of pension funds that have been early adopters of the TCFD recommendations include AP2, NEST, PGGM, RPMI Railpen, The Pensions Trust, and Environment Agency Pension Fund.

The Fund supports the TCFD recommendations as the optimal framework to describe and communicate the steps the Fund is taking to manage climate-related risks and incorporate climate risk management into investment processes. As a pension fund we are long-term investors and are diversified across asset classes, regions and sectors, making us “universal owners”. It is in our interest that the market is able to effectively price climate-related risks and that policy makers are able to address market failure. We believe TCFD-aligned disclosure from asset owners, asset managers, and corporates, is in the best interest of our beneficiaries.