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AP7 cuts Chinese manufacturers for expanding coal production

AP7, Stockholm, excluded seven companies from its portfolio, including five Chinese manufacturers for increased coal production, following its latest six-monthly review.

The pension fund’s divestments totaled 284 million Swedish kronor ($31 million), Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, sustainability strategist, confirmed.

Ninety-three companies are now excluded from the 722.5 billion Swedish kronor fund’s investment universe, it said in a notice posted on its website on Wednesday.

AP7’s latest review, which takes place every June and December, saw the fund sell its investments in five Chinese power companies due to expansions of their coal operations: China Power International Development, China Shenhua Energy Co., Huadian Power International Corp., Shanxi Lu’An Environmental Energy Development Co. and TBEA Co.

The fund said that the companies have acted against the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global temperature increases to two degrees Celsius. AP7 expanded its exclusion policy in 2020 to include companies that continue to increase coal production.

“We flag the blacklisting to the company as soon as we have concluded that it is acting in conflict with the Paris Agreement. We are clear in our dialogue with the company what actions the company needs to take in order to revise our decision and avoid being blacklisted. They then have a number of months to start to take action,” Ms. Dawidowski Sydstrand in an email. “If the company has not fulfilled our revision criteria it is then publicly blacklisted,” she added.

Finnish power generation company Wartsila Oyj Abp and Thai investment company Ratch Group Public Co. were excluded for their involvement in the production of components for nuclear weapons and inadequate human rights management, respectively, the fund said.

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