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Investing in the blue economy

Better ocean health is vital for addressing climate change. As fixed income investors, we’re seeing growing opportunities to make a difference.

Carbon sinks have become pivotal in the fight against climate change. Simply put, they are areas that absorb more carbon than they release. While green forests spring to mind as obvious carbon sinks, we must not overlook the power of the ocean.

The world’s oceans have absorbed about a quarter of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere since we began burning fossil fuels for energy, thanks to the phytoplankton it contains. These microscopic marine algae and bacteria play a huge role in the world’s carbon cycle – absorbing about as much carbon as all the plants and trees on land combined. But pollution means plankton are eating microplastics, which is decreasing the rate at which they can trap carbon.

The recognition of the power of the ocean as our largest carbon sink is increasing the focus on the ‘blue economy’ as a critical natural resource – a term that refers to all economic sectors that have a direct or indirect link to the ocean.

We talk to My-Linh Ngo, Head of ESG Investment, to find out more about the blue economy and investing for cleaner oceans. We ask:

  • Which sectors could benefit from the push for cleaner oceans?

  • How are you investing around the blue economy theme?

  • Are there any limitations to investing in ocean health? Are there any changes on the horizon that might improve investability?

  • Are there any regulatory or policy developments you are watching closely in the space?

Download the PDF to read My-Linh’s expert answers.

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