Net-Zero Portfolio Shift Gains Speed Among Large Asset Owners

In March, the University of Michigan announced that it would eliminate carbon emissions from its $12.5 billion endowment’s investment portfolio by 2050. Officials also said the endowment will divest from most fossil fuel companies and increase its holdings in renewable energy and other sustainable investments.

Michigan is said to be the first American public university to commit to a net-zero investment portfolio, though it surely won’t be the last. Indeed, nearly every week brings news of another asset owner, asset manager, corporation or government committing to net-zero or otherwise decarbonizing their holdings and operations in the coming years.

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