Who we are
Equivalent to removing nearly 3 million cars from the road
renewable energy generation, equivalent to meeting the electricity needs of over of over 5.5 million homes
Our definition of 'green impact' relates to the positive contribution to five specific measures. We call them our 'Green Purposes': Every investment we make must contribute to at least one of our purposes and many contribute to more than one. More detail can be found in our policies and principles below.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Increase natural resource efficiency
Protect or enhance the natural environment
Protect or enhance biodiversity
Promote environmental sustainability
Our Green Investment Principles set the benchmark for assessing and managing the green impact of investment transactions and related activity.
Our Green Investment Policy is designed to ensure that the activities of the Green Investment Group and its subsidiaries are in line with our Green Investment Principles.
Our Green Impact Reporting Criteria sets out how we calculate the green impact of our investments and activities.
Every GIG investment is subject to a robust green impact assessment process before it can be approved. When we began back in 2012, there wasn’t a methodology with sufficient academic and scientific rigour that could be applied pragmatically, day-in and day-out, through a commercial investment process. So we built our own.
Our approach is designed for investors, by investors. Every investment is subject to this robust, detailed and continuous green impact monitoring, spanning all aspects of its green performance. An overview of our methodology and measurement to report on green impact can be found in our Guide to the Green Investment Handbook.
We have developed the Green Impact Report as a globally-applicable template for investors to disclose the green impact of their investments.
Below are a selection of Green Impact Reports on GIG investments.
Information on our annual green impact is available in our Progress Report.
Currently, there is no one standardised approach to green impact assessment, monitoring or reporting. We are committed to ensuring our approach is at the forefront of market practice by adopting to the continuous improvement of standards and actively engaging with a wide range of stakeholders on our approach.
Harmonization of Standards for GHG accounting
Our Green Impact Team are committed to continue working alongside the UNFCCC on creating harmonised standards for greenhouse gas reporting.
British Standards Institution (BSI)
We are building on our pioneering origins in green finance by supporting the development of international standards for sustainable finance – in partnership with BSI, we provide expertise on global green bond and loan standardisation and contribute to the development of UK sustainable finance standards.
FAST-Infra — the ‘Finance to Accelerate the Sustainable Transition-Infrastructure’ initiative – focuses on accelerating investment in sustainable infrastructure.
GIG is co-chair of the SI label working group which is developing a globally applicable label for SI assets to provide coherency for market participants, facilitate investment decisions and raise standards across the globe.
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