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Nest Corporation

Initial target disclosure: March 2022

Portfolio level

Portfolio level – Portfolio decarbonisation reference target

Baseline date: 31 December 2019

Baseline performance: See below

Target year(s): 2025, 2030


  • -30% CO2e/£mn invested by 2025
  • -50% CO2e/£mn invested by 2030

GHG scopes included: Scope 1 and 2 for the 2025 target, Scope 3 to be phased in by 2025 for the 2030 target.

Asset classes in scope: Listed equity and corporate fixed income (currently c. 65% of our total AUM)

Methodology/ net zero scenarios: IEA NZE2050. This target is implemented through portfolio level sub-targets on a “fair share” basis.

For example, our developed market equity portfolio, which makes up nearly half of our total assets, has a target of -35% CO2e/$mn invested by 2025 from a 2019 baseline of 56.4 Scope 1+2 CO2e/$mn. Our investment grade credit portfolio has a self-decarbonisation target of -7% CO2e/£mn invested per annum from a 2020 baseline, as we only started investing in the asset class in 2020.

As our managers use different data providers and due to our changing asset allocation mix, we have not aggregated these into one baseline metric. We are gradually reviewing each of our portfolios to set specific reduction targets. This includes private markets which we aim to have covered by 2025.

Emissions metrics: Our developed market equity portfolio also has targets on absolute emissions reductions relative to its benchmark and we also report on absolute financed emissions on an annual basis in our TCFD report. Our target of net zero emissions by 2050 is based on absolute emissions. However, due to our projected growth in AUM we feel that an interim intensity target is more appropriate.

Portfolio level – Investment in climate solutions target

Quantitative target

Baseline: We only started investing in renewable energy infrastructure in late 2019 so have not set a baseline, as this would’ve been effectively zero.

Target year: 2030

Target: £1.4 bn

Methodology: Our current target is based on our projected allocation to renewable energy infrastructure. Please note, we have only recently added this asset class and as a result have added an absolute target, rather than a percentage increase.

We are also considering broader definitions of climate solutions and will update our target once this has been completed.

Asset level

Asset level – Portfolio coverage target

Baseline date: 31 December 2021

Baseline performance: 19.5% of developed market equity portfolio have set targets in line with well below 2C as at June 2021

Target date: 2025

Target: We are currently working with our developed market equity fund manager on setting an appropriate target. Our preferred methodology is SBTi but coverage is low and the accreditation process can take time.

Asset classes in scope: Listed equity developed markets initially to reflect the higher proportion of holdings covered by SBTi, but this will be extended to other portfolios gradually.

Data sources: SBTi

Asset level – Engagement threshold target

Target: Engaging with companies responsible for at least 70% of our financed Scope 1 + 2 emissions by 2025.

Additional information

Methodology: Our overall target is in line with the IEA NZE2050 scenario. At portfolio-level we are using a “fair share” approach of setting stricter targets for developed markets and lower targets for other markets and asset classes to build the overall goal.

Fossil fuel investment: We already exclude companies deriving more than 20% of revenues from thermal coal production or power generation, oil sands or arctic exploration of oil & gas, as well as companies investing in new developments in these sectors.

This threshold will be tightened over time to a maximum of 10% of revenues in 2023 and 0% in 2025, unless companies have committed to a full phase-out of these activities by 2030 at the latest. See Nest’s Climate Change Policy.

Operational emissions: We have set a target of reaching net zero operational scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2050 at the latest. Operational emissions are disclosed in the Nest Corporation annual reports and accounts.

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Commitment 7: Engaging with industry, including asset managers and data providers