Net Zero Pensions - Mini Summit

University of Glasgow in city skyline

Net Zero Pensions: Exploring the role of Pension Funds in the Low Carbon Transition

9 November,12:30-14:00

Kelvin Gallery and Online 

The challenge of achieving net zero presents a complex range of issues for pension providers and financial institutions alike. Financial institutions are coming under increasing pressure to commit to net zero targets. Pension providers must therefore accelerate action towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Following the digital launch of the Net Zero Policy Positioning Paper in September 2021, and in anticipation of our Net Zero Transition Roadmap launch (late October), this Summit, held in partnership with Abrdn, explored the urgent action required by pension providers and ensure they play a key role in addressing the existential threat of climate change. The Summit will showcase best practice and provide practical guidance for pension providers to ensure that the pensions we pay are worth more in a world worth living in.


  • Faith Ward, Chair, IIGCC & Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership
  • David Russell, Head of Responsible Investment, Universities Superannuation Scheme
  • Barry O'Dwyer, Chief Executive, Royal London
  • Eva Cairns, Head of Climate Change Strategy, abrdn
  • Tim Orton, Managing Director Investment Solutions, Aegon UK
  • Louisa Knox, Partner Shepherd and Wedderburn (Moderator)

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021. The meeting brought countries together to work towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

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First published: 20 October 2021

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