EQ Investors focuses on making a positive impact to society and the environment via the EQ Positive Impact Portfolios, which invest in companies providing solutions to real world problems. These portfolios are mapped against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and are designed for clients who care about how and where their money is invested.

» Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

» Goal 10 – Reduced inequalities

» Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production

In this post we look at three of these goals (as outlined in EQ’s Q1 2019 Report):

Click here if you need a reminder of all 17 goals

Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy
Making buildings more energy efficient

Buildings are responsible for 28% of global carbon emissions, so it’s important for the construction industry to step up and take action. Some progress has been made with green building standards, improving thermal heating insulation and lowering the usage of fossil fuel driven heating systems. This will have a significant overall impact on reducing building emissions.

Kingspan is an Irish-based company that offers high-efficiency and insulation materials and panels. These panels result in a 69% reduction in heat loss.

Kingspan insulation systems have saved 149 million MWh of energy globally, and about 29 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year (2015). This is equivalent to supplying an additional 7.2 million average UK households with heating and electricity for the year.

Goal 10 – Reduced inequalities
Supporting rural low carbon development

Even in highly developed countries, there can often be disadvantages in rural areas regarding infrastructure and job opportunities.

The Coigach Community Development Company is an organisation tackling this issue by refinancing some of the profits gained from selling the electricity generated through wind turbines and reinvesting it back into the community. Some of the projects include regenerating local harbour facilities to support the fishing industry and boosting job opportunities; and offering bursaries to youth in the area for further studies and training.

Goal 12 – Responsible consumption and production
Developing alternative materials for sustainable fashion

The fashion industry is considered one of the biggest polluters in the world, and fast fashion is one of the main contributors to its negative environmental footprint.

Lenzing is an Austrian-listed company which produces fibres from certified, responsibly-sourced wood pulp. On top of this, their manufacturing process is a closed loop system allowing them to reuse 90% of their chemicals and one third of the amount of water. The company is also currently developing a recycling model for other bio-based clothing items.

As you can see, there are lots of exciting projects happening across the world benefiting from ESG investing. Read the full Q1 2019 report here, or for more information on the services that EQ investors offers and the Positive Impact Portfolios, head over to their dedicated page on the DISCUS website.

This article was created for the DISCUS website by Damien Lardoux, Head of Impact Investing at EQ Investors. You can find out more about EQ Investors and their discretionary investment services here ›