The LPFA Board has announced our commitment to being net zero by 2050 or before.

This is in recognition of the risks that climate change poses to businesses and society and to the financial health of our Fund. Since 2017, we’ve had a climate change policy in place to help us manage those risks. 

Our net zero emissions aspiration is the next step in maintaining the long-term financial sustainability of the Fund, protecting our members financial future and being a responsible investor. We will still meet our target returns and pay pensioners their benefits.

To help us reach net zero and play our part in meeting the the Paris Agreement aim of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees, we have adopted the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative Net Zero Asset Owner Commitment in line with the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) Net Zero Investment Framework (NZIF).

Our net zero action plan, the Investor Climate Action Plan, can be found below.

Our Investor Climate Action Plan can be found by clicking on the image below.  

Before we published our Action Plan, we had already made substantial progress reducing the risk associated with climate change. In February 2022, we announced that we no longer held any extractive fossil fuel holdings in the Fund's global equities portfolio.

Before that, as at 31 March 2021, only 0.6% of the Fund’s investments in listed equities were in traditional energy companies, for example in Oil and Gas or Extractive Fossil Fuel companies. This compared to 3.2% for the MSCI All Countries World Index benchmark. Of these investments, 91% by value were assessed by the Transition Pathway Initiative as factoring climate change into their operational decision-making. The carbon intensity of the Fund’s listed equities portfolio has been in decline since annual monitoring commenced in December 2018.

We are also investing in assets which contribute to a lower carbon future with 2.7% of the whole portfolio identified as “Green”.

This is a commitment to transition our investments to achieve net zero portfolio greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, or sooner. Among other activities, this can involve:

  • setting interim objectives and targets to reduce emissions on the way to 2050,
  • engaging with companies, asset managers, and others to ensure that their activities are consistent with achieving global net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner
  • setting a target and reducing our operational emissions.

Further details of how we intend to achieve the commitment are explained in our Investor Climate Action Plan which is detailed above.

The IIGCC is a membership body of over 300 asset management companies and pension funds across Europe. It has created the Net Zero Investment Framework (NZIF) to help investors reach net zero. Net zero is a new challenge for all of us and, in line with LPFA strategic intent, collaboration will be important to us in reaching our goal. Each investor will reach net zero in their own way, but frameworks and guidance can help to ensure real progress is made. The NZIF includes a range of guidance including how to tackle lack of data on carbon emissions, metrics which can be used for some of the assets we invest in (sovereign bonds, corporate bonds and real estate), insights on engaging with companies to encourage their move to a low carbon future and content on investing to drive change.

You can find out more about the IIGCC framework here.

In December 2021, we undertook a survey of our suppliers to understand how they are aligned with our net zero ambitions. It’s important to us that our net zero ambitions are supported by our partners. The table below summarises our main suppliers and identifies if the organisation named has their own targets.

This is very much a starting point for us and we will continue to engage with our suppliers to support their move to net zero and evolve our own supply chain governance.

LPFA suppliers


Net Zero Commitment summary

Relevant links

Barnet Waddingham



Net zero pledge

BNY Mellon


Carbon neutral since 2015

Enterprise ESG report

CEM Benchmarking

Pensions administration benchmarking



Club Vita Membership

Mortality data analytics


Net carbon zero by 2021 and lifetime net zero by 2025


Law firm

2050 or sooner

Net zero commitment

Grant Thornton

External auditors

2050 or sooner

Net zero commitment and carbon reduction plan

London Fire Brigade

LPFA office provider

60% by 2025 and zero carbon by 2050

Net zero and sustainability ambitions

Local Pensions Partnership Administration

Pension Fund administration


Local Pensions Partnership Investments

Delegated asset manager

2050 with 2030 interim targets

Net zero commitment

South Bank Centre

Event venue

2050 or sooner

Environmental sustainability page


Internal auditors


Committing to net zero by 2030 report


Data providers


Carbon neutral by 2030


Website provider


Environmental policy

Folio Metrics

CRM database provider



Hire Space

Virtual event provider


Lloyds Bank


Net zero operations by 2030

Financing a Green Future report

More information about  our approach to climate change and responsible investment can be found below.

If you are interested in finding out more about climate change, you might like: 

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