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Climate change to see safety services boom

Posted by Anton Murray Consulting on . Posted in Funds Management News


In light of growing concern around climate change and natural disasters, one asset manager has said investors should be looking to place their money in improving human safety, an area it believes is worth more than $870.2 billion. Natixis affiliate Thematics Asset Management has published a new white paper exploring the theme of human safety, recommending that investors adapt to long-term structural shifts resulting from climate change, as catastrophic events like Australia’s bushfire emergency become more common. Thinking around human security has tended to focus more on man-made disasters, such as armed conflicts and human rights abuses, but the asset manager has insisted that threats following natural disasters are similar.

Thematics has estimated the group of companies that contribute to safety could be worth upwards of US$600 billion ($870.2 billion), with a combined market cap of more than US$4.5 trillion ($6.5 trillion), growing at a rate of 11 per cent annually. With human lives at stake, demand is increasing for technology and services that can help people find secure locations and keep basic services operating “when the lights go out”, particularly in hospitals. The report has pointed to notification and localisation technology as well as back-up power, renewables and storage.

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