214. Why infrastructure is crucial in the transition to net zero

Rebecca Myatt, a portfolio manager on the Elite Rated First Sentier Global Listed Infrastructure fund, and lead manager of the First Sentier Responsible Listed Infrastructure fund, talks to us about how infrastructure is important when it comes to achieving environmental and social goals. She discusses the transition to a net zero global economy, why it is important to engage with companies not simply divest, and explains how we can become independent of Russian gas in both the short- and long-term. She wraps up with an explanation as to what investors should expect from infrastructure, in an inflationary environment.
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First Sentier Global Listed Infrastructure seeks to deliver income and some capital growth by investing in listed infrastructure companies. First Sentier Investors was one of the pioneers in providing access to this asset class, which quickly captured the attention of income-focused investors. This fund is also an alternative method of playing the global equity market, with a thematic bias and a reasonable yield.

What’s covered in this episode:

  • Why investors should consider responsible infrastructure investments
  • Why the team uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a metric for the fund
  • How infrastructure is crucial in the transition to net zero
  • Engagement vs divestment
  • How disruption in the energy sector is impacting companies today
  • How we can become independent of Russian gas in the short and long-term
  • Why the US is playing catch up with renewable energy
  • How listed infrastructure behaves in a high inflationary environment
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