Investors plan to use Repsol’s net zero carbon commitment to pressure rest of oil and gas sector

first_imgInvestors plan to use Repsol’s net zero carbon commitment to pressure rest of oil and gas sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Investors cheered Spanish group Repsol’s pledge to slash net carbon emissions to zero by mid-century, saying they hope it will pile pressure on rival oil and gas companies to follow suit in the fight against climate change.The world’s top oil and gas companies are under heavy pressure, not only from environmental groups but also from institutional investors, to fall in line with targets set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming.Repsol on Monday became the first leading energy firm to commit to a net-zero emission target, outdoing Royal Dutch Shell that had set out an ambition to halve emissions by 2050.“It is clear that this is a very significant commitment from Repsol that raises the bar across the oil and gas sector,” said Adam Matthews, Director for Ethics and Engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board, who co-led discussion between a major group of investors with Shell on a climate resolution last year.“We have been pressing fossil fuel companies to commit to align with a net zero emissions pathway by 2050 for some time. It is good to see Repsol showing this leadership, including clear milestones along the way,” said Natasha Landell-Mills, head of stewardship, Sarasin & Partners. “In the end, shareholders need to know their companies are looking forward, not back, when it comes to the energy transition.” Sarasin & Partners manages 14.3 billion pounds ($18.35 billion) in assets.Repsol’s targets encompass 95% of all its emissions, including from fuels sold to clients. It also wrote down 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in the value of its oil and gas assets to reflect its lower oil and gas price outlook. Repsol said it would sharply increase its low-carbon power generation capacity by 2030, partly by expanding its renewables business. [Ron Bousso, Simon Jessop]More: Investors urge Big Oil to follow ‘poster child’ Repsol’s climate pledgelast_img

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