Middle L-R: Matthieu Grosclaude Chief Operating Officer EMEA at Invesco and Patrick Verkooijen, CEO, GCA holding a copy of the signed MoU.
The Global Center on Adaptation, GCA, signs its first cooperation agreement with the EMEA division of Invesco focused on an investment strategy in the climate adaptation space. The agreement, expected to become fully operational at COP27, is specifically targeted at exploring a blended finance strategy that aims to increase adaptation investment in developing markets.
The MoU was signed at the margins of the ongoing Finance in Commons Summit organised by the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
Invesco is an independent investment management firm that offers a wide range of single-country, regional and global capabilities across primary equity, fixed income, and alternative asset classes, delivered through a diverse set of investment vehicles. Invesco is a signatory to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure, TCFD, the Principles for Responsible Investment, PRI, Climate Action 100+ and CDP2 (score B in 2020); and has adopted the Network for Greening the Financial System’s, NGFS, scenarios to assess physical and transition risks across a broader range of asset classes.
GCA is an international organization that aims to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions in partnership with the public and private sector.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation said: “Private sector investments currently make up less than 2% of climate adaptation spending. We hope through working closely with our partners at Invesco we will be able to unlock and mobilize more private capital to prepare for and respond to the physical impacts of climate change.”
Matthieu Grosclaude Chief Operating Officer EMEA at Invesco commented: “We are very pleased to be partnering with the GCA on this important initiative to accelerate climate adaptation finance. It aligns strongly with our strong investment capabilities in emerging markets and our continued focus on clients’ partnerships. We very much look forward to working together to build a climate resilient future.”