Investing for net zero? Direct investment into new clean technologies is imperative to get us there

Paris Alignment Forum Online Morning Coffee
Tuesday 12 October 2021 10:30am – 11:30am

Hosted by Clean Growth Fund and Pensions for Purpose

Event Description

Pensions for Purpose and Clean Growth Fund are hosting a Paris Alignment Forum Morning Coffee to discuss how direct investing in clean technologies is essential on the journey to net zero.

It is not enough to encourage companies in existing listed portfolios to reduce their emissions. The reality is, we won’t get to net zero unless investors also put money into creating and scaling up new technologies and solutions in order to provide, develop and commercialise the technology required to reach net zero. Investors need to urgently look at more than listed equities.

Beverly Gower-Jones from the Clean Growth Fund will lead a discussion making the above arguments.  She will draw upon some of the science that supports this and set out key sectors where investors could consider deploying capital to help achieve net zero.

As usual, there will be ample time for questions and answers, and we anticipate the usual lively discussion around the virtual table.  Clean Growth Fund have kindly offered to plant a tree on behalf of each attendee at this morning coffee event. You will have the opportunity to accept or decline this when you register.

Who is this event for?

Please kindly note that this event is open to asset owners such as pension fund trustees, in-house executives and advisers only.


Please register for this event at this link or by using the button above. Delegates will be sent dial-in details after registering for the event.  If you are not already a member, you will also be invited to register as a Paris Alignment Forum Member and Pensions for Purpose Affiliate.  Membership is free and you will receive regular updates about Paris Alignment Forum activities. 

Biography – Beverley Gower-Jones

Beverley has a proven track record and is a thought leader in early stage cleantech investments and commercialisation, she has over 30 years’ experience in the international energy sector. She specialises in accelerating innovation to market and scaling companies by providing strategic insights, developing industry partnerships and identifying novel ways to overcome barriers to entry. Her ambition is to create a better, sustainable world and she firmly believes that this will be achieved through innovation playing a transformative role in the global economy. Prior to Managing Partner at Clean Growth Fund and CEO of Carbon Limiting Technologies, she was a founder and Vice President, Shell Technology Ventures, instrumental in Shell’s technology venturing strategy.  She is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and holds a BSc Mining Geology, from University College Cardiff.

The Paris Alignment Forum

The Paris Alignment Forum was established by Pensions for Purpose to help pension funds and other asset owners on their journey towards alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  We do this by sharing climate-related thought leadership written by our Influencer members (asset managers, consultants and lawyers), by running free training workshops for trustees and by engaging in industry-wide conversation through our quarterly all-stakeholder and asset-owner events.  To find out more please click here.

To become a Paris Alignment Forum member please click here for free sign-up.

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Pensions for Purpose

Pensions for Purpose exists as a bridge between asset managers, pension funds and their professional advisers, to encourage the flow of capital towards impact investment. Our aim is to empower pension funds to seek positive impact opportunities and mitigate negative impact risks.

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