Bregal Milestone sets ambitious 2030 climate commitments
Bregal Milestone sets ambitious 2030 climate commitments, aligning with new Science Based Target Guidance for the Private Equity sector spearheaded by Bregal Investments.
Ensuring Private Equity firms set Science Based Targets as part of their commitment to decarbonise their portfolios is crucial to achieving net zero, as private equity-backed companies represent an ever-larger part of the world’s economy. In recognition of the pivotal role that the sector should play in the transition to a net-zero economy, Bregal Investments (“Bregal”) has spearheaded the development of the Science Based Target guidance for the Private Equity sector.
Developed through multi-stakeholder collaboration with members of the Initiative Climat International (“iCI”) and the Science Based Targets initiative (“SBTi”), alongside other Private Equity firms and in partnership with Laudes Foundation, this guidance will help to create greater transparency and consistency in the way the sector transitions its portfolio to net-zero.
In alignment with this work, Bregal Milestone has also set its own science-based targets in line with the 1.5°C pathway set out in the Paris Agreement. Bregal Milestone’s climate target represents a natural evolution of its ESG programme and requires that all portfolio companies set their own science-based targets by 2030.
Bregal Milestone’s investment strategy centres around building great businesses that create long-term, sustainable value for investors, whilst having a positive impact on society. Bregal Milestone is fully committed to integrating climate action within the core of its investment strategy through setting its own ambitious carbon reduction targets.
In summary, Bregal has committed to:
- Reducing direct emissions by 50 percent by 2030
- Ensuring 40 percent of its portfolio companies will have set science-based targets by 2025
- Ensuring 100 percent of its portfolio companies have their science-based targets by 2030
“Sustainability is at the heart of our growth strategy at Bregal Milestone. Our science-based targets, announced today, clearly align with Bregal Milestone’s ambition to drive long-term value creation in companies that will thrive in a digital, low-carbon world. The commitment further strengthens our existing approach to ESG and will help to create sustainable financial returns for our investors, whilst contributing towards efforts to address climate change.”
Jan Bruennler, Philippe Lautenberg & Cyrus Shey, Managing Partners, Bregal Milestone
“Climate change is the defining challenge of our generation and today’s announcement is a significant milestone in our ESG journey. At Bregal, we acknowledge the responsibility we have as an active investor and commit to support our portfolio companies to align their business with a 1.5°C pathway. It is critical for businesses to navigate the risks and opportunities of climate change and our science-based targets provide a clear roadmap for ambitious emissions reductions within our portfolio.”
Alvar de Wolff, Head of ESG, Bregal Investments
About Bregal Milestone
Bregal Milestone is a leading European technology growth capital firm managing more than Euro 1.1 billion dedicated to investments in high-growth technology companies. The firm provides growth capital and strategic assistance to support market-leading companies in the technology and technology-enabled services sectors. Bregal Milestone is part of Bregal Investments, a leading global investment firm that has invested over Euro 15 billion since 2022 and currently has assets under management of over Euro 12 billion.
About Science Based Target initiative
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) mobilizes companies to set science-based targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The SBTi call to action is one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.
About Initiative Climat International (iCI)
The iCI is a global collaboration between 119 private equity investors who collectively commit to understand and reduce carbon emissions of their portfolios and to secure sustainable investment performance. One of the key tenets of the iCI is mutual collaboration, with signatories committed to sharing knowledge, tools, experience, and best practice methods amongst peers on a sector and market basis.
The iCI is officially endorsed by the Principles for Responsible Investment and is hosted on the PRI online Collaboration Platform.
Alvar de Wolff, Head of ESG, Bregal Investments