Zurich, Switzerland, and Hamburg, Germany, 11 April 2017 - Comprehensive carbon data can help generate financial outperformance, and investing in line with a 2-degree scenario is a clear opportunity for value creation - helping to differentiate active managers from passive competitors.
These are the findings of the recently published paper by South Pole Group, global sustainability solutions provider, and Alpha Centauri, the Hamburg-based boutique asset manager, who today announce their partnership. The two companies will work together to bring to market climate-smart investments solutions by combining a low-carbon focus and factor investing. Alpha Centauri will furthermore continue developing a suite of climate smart portfolios spanning equity long only, market neutral, and long short solutions, based on South Pole Group´s database and FIS Global´s APT risk models.
"The Paris climate agreement and the political commitment to it send a strong signal that investments in low-carbon assets will pay off. Our partnership with Alpha Centauri combines the best of both worlds in a time of climate change: our leading methodologies to calculate greenhouse gas emissions/the carbon exposure of investments and Alpha Centauri's long track record in factor investing," says Maximilian Horster, Partner, Financial Industry, South Pole Group.
Ulf Füllgraf, Managing Director at Alpha Centauri, commented: "We are delighted to partner with South Pole Group, the leading provider of climate related solutions worldwide. Building on our experience in factor based investments and South Pole Group´s premium data, we are able to provide climate smart solutions to institutional investors and build on the success we achieved with the iSTOXX Europe factor indices that we launched in collaboration with STOXX in April 2016."