Investors must use portfolios "to decarbonize the economy", says Mirova CEO Philippe Zaouati

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19 May 2015

LONDON: Today we hosted a Q&A with Philippe Zaouati, CEO, Mirova, in the last of our series of live discussions with business leaders who are speaking at the first-ever Climate Week Paris, which is convened by The Climate Group.

Philippe Zaouati was one of the founders of Mirova, an asset management company dedicated to responsible investments, which he describes as being “about looking for positive environmental and social impact”. So what’s the current situation for green investments?

The opportunities for the low carbon economy are then clear for investors. But are governments aware of them?

Climate Week Paris is the platform for top-level businesses, investors and policymakers to find a unified voice before COP21 in December, when head of states and governments will finalize a climate global deal - so we asked what the role of finance will be ahead of the negotiations.

Talking about future events which are on the radars of the global investor community, he also commented on the G7 meeting which takes place at the beginning of June:

Philippe Zaouati also anticipates countries' upcoming INDC submissions will have an impact, as they are investor opportunities:

With divestment becoming a “hot topic” in the economic world, as Philippe Zaouati defines it, we then discussed the broader effects of climate disruption on the financial economy:

It's clear that institutional investors can hold the key to unlock the clean revolution, but much remains to be done to secure a low carbon future that is prosperous for poor communities as well as top investors.

This was our final Q&A as part of our first-ever Climate Week Paris. Last week we hosted Nick Robins, CO-Director of UNEP Inquiry; Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, Climate Finance at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Climate Week Paris takes place from May 18-24, 2015. See the full calendar of events including further Twitter Q&As, by visiting

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