Ostrum AM announces key principles of an oil and gas sector policy to support the transition

Ostrum AM further strengthens its climate commitment and supports the energy transition and announces a new oil and gas sector policy for early 2022.

Driven by its fiduciary responsibility as a leading investor, Ostrum Asset Management is taking further action to tackle the pressing climate emergency and announces the full withdrawal from unconventional and/or controversial oil and gas exploration and production businesses by 2030 i.e. businesses that rely on fracking operations – shale oil, shale gas, tight liquids and tight gas – and operations based on ultra deepwater drilling, drilling in the Arctic1, as well as extraction of tar sands, coalbed methane, and extra-heavy oil.

Ostrum AM will no longer conduct any fresh investments in companies that derive more than 10% of their hydrocarbons production from these activities as of 2022. This policy also covers companies that work right along the production value chain and are involved in exploration, development, and operation. Ostrum AM may review this threshold and reduce it further in the future.

This policy will apply to all open-ended funds managed by Ostrum AM, as well as mandates and dedicated funds, unless clients decide otherwise.
Ostrum AM intends to fully withdraw from non-conventional and/or controversial oil and gas exploration and production operations by 2030. This initiative will be a priority focus for our engagement – via dialogue and our voting policy – with the companies we invest in across our equity and bond portfolios. Ostrum AM will also undertake active dialogue with all sector issuers to discuss how their strategies fit with the recommendations from the International Energy Agency with a view to meeting the Paris Agreement.

1 Definition of the Arctic as outlined by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) https://www.amap.no/about/geographical-coverage
Ostrum Asset Management draws on data from the GOGEL (Global Oil & Gas Exit List) from NGO Urgewald.

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