Sustainable investing

A view from the sharp end of the energy transition

In the third instalment of our Inside Sustainable Investing series, we look at ScottishPower to discuss how they’re tackling the climate change challenge and why they’re included in the Global Environment portfolio.

Apr 6, 2021

35 minutes

Deirdre Cooper
Graeme Baker
In the third instalment of our Inside Sustainable Investing series, we look at ScottishPower to discuss how they’re tackling the climate change challenge and why they’re included in the Global Environment portfolio.

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower (Iberdrola Group), joins Co-Portfolio Managers of Ninety One Global Environment, Deirdre Cooper and Graeme Baker, to explain how they have been tackling the challenges posed by climate change and the need for clean electricity for over 15 years. A business at the forefront of the world’s transition to a low-carbon world, Deirdre and Graeme will also discuss the characteristics that led to them adding Iberdrola to their portfolio.

Key topics of the discussion include:

  • Where are we today in the energy transition?
  • How are technology and innovation changing the economics of energy?
  •  How much investment is required to decarbonise the energy system?
  •  What will a low-carbon electricity system look like in practice?


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Authored by

Deirdre Cooper
Portfolio Manager
Graeme Baker
Portfolio Manager

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