brief INSIGHT by Aberdeen Standard Investments
| The most acute impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have been on people’s health and financial security. However, the outbreak has also highlighted the toll that regular human activities have on our environment, and in particular climate change and air pollution.
While the current recession is significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the short term, there will inevitably be a spike when the pandemic subsides and economies begin to recover. Meanwhile, other environmental risks have re-emerged as the pandemic has spread.
However, there may be a long-term environmental silver lining to the Covid-19 cloud. By taking advantage of low interest rates and the ongoing rapid decline in the cost of renewable technologies, there is an opportunity to ‘green’ the recovery. Investors who focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues have a critical role in allocating capital to ensure that the transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable economy accelerates.
The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and investors may get back less than the amount invested. Past performance is not a guide to future results.
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