Becoming a more sustainable bank
As our Q4 2019 responsible investing report shows, we’re setting ambitious targets and for very good reason.
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Leslie continues, “We’ve already reduced the carbon intensity of the funds that support Coutts Invest – our online investment platform - by 20% to 30%, a big step towards our 2021 target. As we extend this approach to our other funds and portfolios, all our clients will benefit from reduced exposure to carbon risk and a lower carbon footprint.”
You can find out more about how we’re reducing the carbon intensity of our portfolios via our Responsible Investing pages.
Supporting clients who are interested in increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, will also be a key part of our sustainability plans.
If you’ve ever bought a UK property, you’ll be familiar with the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This measures the energy efficiency of a property on a scale of A to G, and since 2007 every property sold must have one.
Alison Robb, our Sustainability Director, explains, “We’re looking at ways to support borrowers in improving the energy efficiency of their properties. We’ve started by reviewing the EPC ratings of the properties on our mortgage book to understand the scope of the task.”
When investing, past performance should not be taken as a guide to future performance. The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up, and you may not recover the amount of your original investment.
Your home or property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage. Over-18s only. Terms and conditions apply. You may not be eligible for all Coutts mortgage solutions. Security may be required.