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Jupiter Climate Change Solutions SICAV changes name to better reflect green investment


To better reflect the expansion in the market for ecological investing, Jupiter has decided to rename its Jupiter Climate Change Solutions SICAV fund managed by Charlie Thomas as the Jupiter Global Ecology Growth SICAV.

The change became effective in early January 2014. No changes have been made to the fund’s investment policy or strategy.   
Thomas says: “The range of investable companies operating in the environmental sector has grown considerably over the last 25 years. While the early pioneers may have been concentrated in Europe and North America, firms have now sprung up across the globe offering innovative solutions to a broadening range of environmental issues including energy efficiency, water infrastructure, waste management, sustainable food production and pollution and environmental control services. The fund’s new name captures this expanded realm of opportunities available to the investor.”
The Jupiter Global Ecology Growth SICAV fund, launched in 2001, invests in companies across the globe which have a deep and long-term structural influence on the three critical areas of infrastructure, resource efficiency and demographics. Its investment objective is to generate long-term capital growth through investment worldwide in companies that are responding positively to the challenge of environmental sustainability and climate change.
Over the past ten years (ending 31 December 2013), the Jupiter Global Ecology Growth SICAV has generated a total return of 94.5 per cent compared to an average return of 53.2 per cent for the FO Equity Ethical sector in which it sits and a return of 95.2 per cent for its benchmark the FTSE World Index.
Jupiter Asset Management, which manages GBP31.7bn in assets, has applied socially responsible investing principles and managed “green” investment funds for more than 25 years.
Thomas believes there are five key environmental trends that will drive the sector in 2014:
1.            Progress on international, national and regional climate policies following the landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change linking human activity to climate change. A tighter regulatory framework could boost the tailwind that the renewable energy sector has recently enjoyed.
2.            China moves from policy setting to genuine and real investment. The next 12 months could see money poured into a number of renewable, water infrastructure and food sustainability projects.
3.            Technology adoption: as renewable technologies fall in price, they are likely to increasingly represent, in certain markets, competitive unsubsidised alternatives to more conventional power generation.
4.            Merger and acquisition activity: many large global corporations are sitting on healthy cash piles that they may use to acquire smaller, more innovative firms in the sector.
5.            Rising global population: greater middle class affluence and urbanisation means the demand for quality, trusted food is increasing. Despite record agricultural production in 2013, poor harvests are always a possibility, and with them, a repeat of the food scares we have witnessed over the last few years.

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