Pension funds at a crossroads: Incremental greening or bold climate leadership?

Technical Paper #2020-3

Version Number: 1.0

December 7, 2020

Scott Janzwood

Deputy Director of Research and Operations, Cascade Institute

Focusing on Canadian pension funds, this paper investigates the forces constraining investors from going beyond incremental steps and taking a much bolder leadership role in the net-zero carbon energy transition. It also examines the forces pushing in the opposite direction; factors that if amplified and synchronized could lead to change on a timescale that is commensurate with preventing the worst impacts of climate change. Lastly, it presents strategies that can be implemented by organizations, activists, and researchers working to accelerate pension fund leadership on climate change to tip that balance.

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