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Storebrand dumps oil and mining stocks on climate change lobbying

Chris Flood and Attracta Mooney, Financial Times


  • Multibillion-dollar Nordic asset manager, Storebrand, has dropped ExxonMobile, Chevron, Southern Company, BASF, and Rio Tinto from its portfolio after these companies lobbyed against stricter environmental standards
  • Investors of oil companies and other industries that deal with fossil fuels are pushing these companies to lobby against climate-related standards
  • Jan Erik Saugestad, chief executive of Storebrand says the company will pressure others reliant on fossil fuels to change their behaviors (quote from Financial Times):

“BP, Shell, Equinor and other oil and gas producers cannot rest easy and continue with business as usual. We need to accelerate away from oil and gas. Renewable energy sources, like solar and wind power, are readily available alternatives…”

  • Storebrand has sold holdings worth about $17.9bn and divested from 22 more companies that have been slow to stop using coal in its operations

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform.

Read More: https://www.ft.com/content/00af52b7-381c-4a5d-91f1-3b3d4ce04256