Allianz sets climate targets for specific asset classes in the insured portfolio and strategically expands sustainability

  • First interim target on the way to climate neutrality in the investment of policyholder funds by 2050
  • 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in equities and corporate bonds
  • Real estate investments on 1.5-degree path by 2025
  • New sustainability strategy sets ambitious targets for climate protection and social progress 

Allianz announces for the first time concrete interim targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the investment of policyholder funds, implementing its stated goal of climate neutrality by 2050. By 2025, emissions for selected asset classes in the portfolio of customer funds are to be reduced by 25 percent compared to 2019. In addition to traditional investment criteria, all equities as well as corporate bonds will in future be reviewed for their compatibility with the 1.5-degree target of the Paris climate agreement. In addition, by 2025, all real estate invested in by Allianz will be in line with scientifically based 1.5-degree pathways in terms of total emissions. Allianz will report on its progress annually, creating transparency for its customers and the public.

Allianz supports the shift to a climate-friendly economy with an ambitious sustainability approach for its business areas as well as operations. Over the next five years, the company will therefore also reduce climate gases from its operations by 30 percent (compared to 2019). The company already offers numerous customized products and solutions with environmental or social benefits and is a leader in renewable energy financing. “With change, we start with ourselves – to then support others to move towards carbon neutrality. We are convinced that integrating climate and sustainability aspects will have an impact on our investment strategy,” explains Dr. Günther Thallinger, member of the Allianz SE Board of Management responsible for Investment Management and ESG. “This allows us to mitigate climate-related risks and take advantage of opportunities offered by future-oriented business models.”

The reduction of the investment’s environmental footprint is achieved in 5-year steps. Ultimately, companies that match Allianz’s investment profile and follow a 1.5-degree path will increasingly be held in the portfolio. This is implemented, among other things, through active dialog with the companies and specifications of climate protection targets. Emissions are also reduced by expanding investments in climate-positive technologies and by refraining from investments in carbon intensive business models. 

“The past year has clearly shown: Markets and countries must learn to deal with new risks such as pandemics, climate change and social unrest. It is the most important task of the coming decade to shape a sustainable economy and society,” says Allianz SE CEO Oliver Bäte. “We will therefore intensify our partnerships with politics, business and civil society for a climate-friendly and socially just future.”

Cross-industry and international partnerships are seen as important levers for tackling global challenges. Allianz also developed the methodologies underlying the reduction target together with partners in the UN-led Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (AOA) network. The Target Setting Protocol, published for consultation and now finalized, is based on the latest international climate research and is currently one of the most ambitious climate guidelines for investors. Currently 33 members strong, the AOA plans to continue to grow and further establish its climate protection standards in the financial industry.

Allianz continues to strategically expand the topic of sustainability. As of January 1, 2021, Line Hestvik will lead the Global Sustainability function in the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). She reports directly to the Board of Management and will implement the new Allianz sustainability strategy in all markets. In addition to further integrating sustainability into the core business, the share of green electricity in business operations will be increased to 100 percent by 2023 and the use of single-use plastic and paper will be further reduced. In its social engagement, Allianz plans to expand support for disadvantaged children and young people at its sites, particularly in the areas of health, integration and resilience.

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