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Acciona launches 'Invest in the planet' campaign


Carbon-neutral Spanish contractor Acciona is urging major investors to make environmentally responsible investment decisions.

Acciona, which has delivered several high-speed rail projects in Spain, has launched a celebrity-backed campaign to support initiatives which mitigate climate change.

The firm, which has been carbon neutral since 2016 and specialises in renewable energy infrastructure, has launched with information for investors to start the campaign.

Ambassadors including Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth will promote Acciona’s message on social media. The campaign runs until 5 June.

Since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, investors are becoming more concerned about the financial risks associated with global warming. The G20 set up the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure in 2016 to highlight the risks to capital from changing weather patterns.

Acciona achieved a net zero carbon footprint in 2016 by buying carbon credits to offset its CO2 footprint. Carbon credits allow energy firms to emit a agreed amounts of carbon without financial penalty. To date, no UK construction firm has achieved carbon neutrality.

At the COP21 UN Climate Summit in Paris in 2015, Acciona chairman and chief executive José Manuel Entrecanales told delegates the firm wanted to be “the most sustainable company in the world”, particularly in its investments.

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