Danish pension firm divests fossil assets

Pension company PFA has offloaded more fossil energy assets after having taken a sharper look at its portfolio.

Kasper Lorenzen, CIO at PFA. | Photo: PR/PFA

Danmark's largest commercial pension provider, PFA, has reduced its investments in the oil and gas sector during this year, writes domestic business media Børsen.

The media reports that the firm's carbon emissions per invested USD 1 million is now roughly 20 percent below world index MSCI ACWI. At the beginning of the year, that figure was 16 percent lower than the index.

PFA Chief Investment Officer Kasper Lorenzen, tells the media that an ongoing dialog is taking place with potential divestment candidates, which are then sold off if the pension firm finds the companies' will to pursue change to be inadequate.

"A prerequisite for oil and gas companies being fine investments in the long term is that they can manage to transform themselves. It must, for instance, be a part of their strategy to allocate a part of their balance sheet over to renewables, but we must also be able to see that they execute the targets they set for themselves. 

PFA declines to reveal the divestment's size. 

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

(This article was provided by our sister media, FinansWatch)

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