BNPP AM appoints head of climate change for sustainability push

BNPP AM appoints head of climate change for sustainability push

BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) expands its commitments to sustainability with the appointment of Mark Lewis as head of Climate Change Investment Research.

Based in Paris, Lewis will report to JaneAmbachtsheer, BNPP AM's global head of Sustainability, while he will be joining BNPP AM's Sustainability Research and Policy team, led by Helena Viñes.

In his newly-created role, Lewis will provide his authoritative views on developments within climate change and energy transition, and their implications for current and future investment decision making, supporting BNPP AM's investments analysts and portfolio managers.

This will include analysing energy finance and regulatory developments, establishing a framework to identify and monitor climate-related risks across portfolios, and conducting sector and company research to provide insights into specific risks and opportunities.  He will also engage with company management to encourage them to adopt the aims of the Climate Action 100+ initiative, in addition to helping direct the climate-related research, analysis and reporting undertaken by the Sustainability Centre.

With over 20 years' experience as a financial analyst focused on energy and environmental markets, he joins the French Group from Carbon Tracker, where he was head of Research.  Previously, he was MD and head of European Utilities Research at Barclays, Chief Energy Economist at Kepler Cheuvreux, and MD and head of Carbon Research at Deutsche Bank. Prior to his career in banking, he was an academic at the University of London at Royal Holloway College. 

Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability at BNPP AM, said: "Climate change is a defining economic and social issue of our time, presenting investors with both risks and opportunities. 

"Those investors who succeed in understanding how this economic transition will unfold will be better placed to deliver superior outcomes through more informed capital allocation. Mark Lewis is a globally-renowned expert on the financial impacts of climate change, and his experience and expertise will be invaluable in helping us to do this, as well as contributing to the broader expansion of our sustainable capabilities."