Green Dream with KBIGI’s O’Connor: Lack of coordinated action on climate change is a big problem

In this episode of the Green Dream, Natalie Kenway chats with KBI Global Investors' Colm O'Connor

In this episode of the Green Dream, the video series where ESG Clarity interviews key figureheads in the responsible investment world to get their views on the latest trends, news and movements in this evolving landscape, Natalie Kenway speaks to KBI Global Investors’ (KBIGI) Colm O’Connor, senior portfolio manager on the firm’s energy solutions and global sustainable infrastructure strategies, as well as co-manager on the global resources strategy.

The pair discuss the firm’s 20-year history in sustainable investing and recent changes to their processes regarding reporting, integration and engagement.

O’Connor also details how energy and infrastructure have been impacted by Covid-19 volatility and the long-term implications for ESG investing, as well as what it means for climate change and major cities.

They also explore where further education is needed in the industry and stakeholders’ frustration that there isn’t a common lens for investors to work with.

O’Connor also bemoans the lack of coordinated government action on climate change despite evidence of greener initiatives in stimulus packages, and shares his top tip for individual’s to reduce their carbon footprint.

You can view the Green Dream video series below. The below videos were recorded prior to the coronavirus lockdown:

Green Dream with Nordea CEO: Industry collaboration on ESG is evolving

Green Dream with Wellian’s Philbin: Lack of clarity in sustainable investing could hold it back

Green Dream with 7IM’s Camilla Ritchie: Be aware of your ethical funds’ exclusions

Green Dream with Resonance’s Simon Chisholm: The lowdown on social impact investing

Green Dream with Architas’ Tom Woodfield: The environmental impact of unnecessary emails

Green Dream with Hawksmoor IM’s James Clark: I hope to see more and more sustainable launches

Green Dream with Stanhope Capital’s Outhwaite: How labelling can stifle innovation

Green Dream with Liontrust’s Michaelis: ‘It’s evident everywhere things need to change’


Natalie Kenway

Natalie is editor in chief at MA Financial covering ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser and International Adviser. She was previously global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist...