Nordea Asset Management leads a collaborative engagement against the construction of a coal-fired plant in Vietnam
Nordea Asset Management (NAM) leads 21 investors representing EUR 4.7tn in AuM in a letter to financial institutions and companies involved in the construction of Vung Ang 2, a coal plant in Vietnam.
The Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant will further expand development of a site proximate to plants which have already caused major environmental pollution accidents in the area including spilling toxic chemicals into the ocean, devastating the coastline and marine life. The Vung Ang 1 plant has also faced controversies due to the proximity of its coal ash heap to residential areas and farmland.
“Vung Ang 2 is fast becoming the prime exhibit in the case against companies taking on transition risk on coal plants, not to mention the obvious conflict with the commitments of those same companies to align with the Paris agreement,” said Eric Pedersen, Head of Responsible Investments at Nordea Asset Management.
The consortium of investors sent a letter on the 22nd of October urging companies associated with Vung Ang 2 to withdraw from the project citing the high climate-related financial and reputational risks associated with the project. The letter stresses the important role listed companies play in addressing climate change, as well as the risk they pass along to investors when failing to address climate risk exposure.
NAM is committed to continuing its engagement activities concerning the Vung Ang 2 project, and is urging investors to make commitments to end involvement in new coal projects in keeping with the recommendation of the United Nations Secretary General.
About Nordea Asset Management
Nordea Asset Management (NAM, AuM 233bn EUR*), is part of the Nordea Group, the largest financial services group in the Nordic region (AuM 326bn EUR*). NAM offers European and global investors’ exposure to a broad set of investment funds. We serve a wide range of clients and distributors which include banks, asset managers, independent financial advisors and insurance companies. Nordea Asset Management has a presence in Bonn, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Oslo, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Singapore, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich. Nordea’s local presence goes hand in hand with the objective of being accessible and offering the best service to clients. Nordea’s success is based on a sustainable and unique multi-boutique approach that combines the expertise of specialised internal boutiques with exclusive external competences allowing us to deliver alpha in a stable way for the benefit of our clients. NAM solutions cover all asset classes from fixed income and equity to multi asset solutions, and manage local and European as well as US, global and emerging market products.
*Source: Nordea Investment Funds, S.A., 30.09.2020
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