a.s.r. signs the Spitsbergen Ambition for Climate Agreement
Today, the Spitsbergen Ambition was offered to Ed Nijpels, chairman of the Climate Consultation (Klimaatberaad). The 15 signatories will measure the climate impact of their financing activities and investments in order to contribute to the Dutch climate targets: at least 49% CO2 reduction in 2030, and 100% in 2050.
The Spitsbergen Ambition is an initiative of several participants in the Spitsbergen expedition which was organised in April by polar explorer and journalist Bernice Notenboom. With this commitment, the 15 Dutch financial institutions want to combat climate change through their financing activities and investments. In order to reinforce this, they will actively measure its climate impact and will also report on this.
Michel Verwoest, member of a.s.r.’s Executive Board: “The journey to Spitsbergen has made clear the urgency of the matter. Now is the time to take action. Not only by taking an even more critical look at our investments, but also by entering into discussions with the organisations involved and by supporting the government in achieving the climate targets.”
The signatories of the Spitsbergen Ambition are: ABN Amro, ACTIAM, Aegon Nederland, ASN Bank, a.s.r., AXA IM Nederland, BNG Bank, DoubleDividend, FMO, ING, NNEK Capital Building, Rabobank, SET Ventures, Triodos Bank, and De Volksbank.