Amundi adds climate ETFs to its responsible investing range

Amundi has expanded its its responsible investment offering with the launch of three new ETFs tracking future EU Paris-Aligned Benchmarks (PAB), which are designed to support the achievement of the objectives of the Paris Agreement by limiting global warming below 2°C above preindustrial levels. 

The new ETFs are competitively priced, starting at 0.18 per cent OGC.

Responsible investment has been one of Amundi’s founding pillars since its creation in 2010. In 2018, as part of a three-year action plan, Amundi strengthened its commitment to align its fiduciary and social responsibilities and to meeting its clients’ ESG expectations. Further, as a long-term advocate for sustainable investing, and a pioneer in low carbon index investing since 2014, Amundi recognises the vital role of the investment industry in delivering the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. 
 
The new funds are: Amundi Euro iSTOXX Climate Paris Aligned PAB UCITS ETF; Amundi MSCI Europe Climate Paris Aligned PAB UCITS ETF; and Amundi MSCI World Climate Paris Aligned PAB UCITS ETF.
 
This new family of Paris-Aligned ETFs is intended to meet the needs of investors seeking to respond quickly to the climate emergency. This family of funds incorporates a 50 per cent carbon intensity reduction along with additional activity exclusions. It is fully complementary with the existing Amundi climate change ETFs, which are expected to meet the criteria of the EU Climate Transition Benchmark (CTB) label and designed for those investors wishing to transition to a low carbon economy while maintaining broad market exposure.
 
Amundi ETF’s responsible investment range has been developed to make sustainable investing accessible to investors whatever their ESG integration requirements and accepted tracking error compared to the parent benchmarks. 
 
Fannie Wurtz, Head of Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta, says: “The creation of the new Climate benchmarks by the European Union supports our long-held belief that index management has a critical role to play in accelerating adoption of responsible investing and the delivery of climate objectives; putting the power in index investors’ hands. We believe in offering investors simple and ready-to-use tools that will help them implement their ESG and climate strategy depending on their objectives and constraints.  Expanding our toolbox with cost-effective, climate-positive ETFs provides investors with additional opportunities to translate their goals and beliefs into investment strategy.”