Circular Economy Enablers
Imperial College London in August released a report titled “Ten insights from industrial ecology for the circular economy” offering critical guidance to policymakers on achieving success in circular economy initiatives. The report stresses the importance of heeding scientific expertise in shaping effective policies for sustainable resource management. In particular, it calls for the adoption of forward-looking assessment methods to gauge the environmental benefits of new technologies.4 A global collaboration of researchers from institutions like University College London, Yale University, and Imperial College London came together to produce the report, stressing the need for collaboration between government, industry, and scientists worldwide to achieve sustainable resource management and minimise environmental impacts. In Europe, we have already seen evidence of such collaboration.
The European Union (EU) has enacted several legislative measures to promote the circular economy.
Central to this effort is the Circular Economy Action Plan, adopted in 2020. This plan outlines eco-design requirements, the reduction of single-use plastics, and ambitious recycling targets. Other initiatives include the EU Ecodesign Directive, Single-Use Plastics Directive, Waste Framework Directive, and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes, all aimed at fostering sustainable resource management and waste reduction, and The EU Green Deal and Bioeconomy Strategy.
Global Sustainable Infrastructure
In August, we introduced our new SFDR Article 9 Rize Global Sustainable Infrastructure UCITS ETF (NFRA). NFRA, an innovative sustainable ETF, is committed to fostering global infrastructure development that harmonises economic, environmental and social goals. It strategically invests in companies that uphold and enhance the infrastructure of advanced economies, as well as those spearheading vital infrastructure initiatives in emerging markets. Through NFRA, we champion a transition towards a greener, more resilient and inclusive global economy.
NFRA invests across four categories: Transportation Infrastructure, Environmental Infrastructure, Data and Telecom Infrastructure, and Social Infrastructure. These four categories are further sub-divided into 12 sub-sectors: Elderly Homes, Health Care Infrastructure, Waste Management, Water Utilities, Renewable Energy Utilities & Transmission, Telecom Infrastructure, Data Centres, Passenger Transportation, Ports, Airports, Toll Roads, and Freight Rail Transportation.
NFRA is multi-sector fund built for portfolio resilience and counter to a lot traditional thematic and/or sustainable strategies, implements a distinct low volatility rule, the outcome of which is a balanced risk profile over time. NFRA also seeks to pay a stable dividend to investors on a semi-annual basis.