The world’s greenest cities

April 2018

Which cities of the world run entirely on renewable energy sources?

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On Earth Day 2016, the Paris climate accord was signed by 175 parties, agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the global temperature rise this century to below 2 degrees (The Paris Agreement, United Nations Climate Change, March 2018).

A recent study by CDP shows that in some parts of the world, the transition towards clean energy is well and truly underway.

100 cities worldwide are now getting at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind, with 42 of them now powered entirely by clean energy.

Source: City-wide Electricity Mix, CDP Open Database, 27 February 2018

Sustainable investing with iShares ETFs

For those wishing to invest sustainably, and willing to take on the associated risks, ETFs can help provide efficient, transparent market access. With a wide range of products tracking sustainable indices, ETFs could offer a convenient and cost-efficient way to incorporate sustainable considerations into a portfolio.

Investors can usually identify sustainable investment companies by their PRI Seal. The UN’s PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) is an investor initiative in partnership with the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative which encourages signatories to use responsible investment to enhance returns and better manage risks. It lays out six voluntary and aspirational investment principles that offer guidance and support to its international network of signatories into incorporating ESG issues into investment and ownership decisions. Signatories undertake to uphold six principles for integrating ESG factors into their analysis and investment practices and to demand that companies adhere to these principles.

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