Lend Lease (ASX:LLC) continues to be one of the more responsible and sustainable property developers and construction managers in Australia. It has set 20% reduction targets (by 2020 from a FY14 base line) for water, waste and energy reduction.
In its FY17 annual report it provides a quantitative update (cumulative 18% for energy, 6% for water and 15% for waste). It engages KPMG to provide an external Limited Assurance sign off. In addition it is trying new approaches to construction such as the use of Engineered Timber and other innovative products.
If you’ve been to a Lend Lease designed and constructed project lately (for example Barangaroo in Sydney) you’ll notice the care taken by the company in creating the overall commercial and public spaces. Lend Lease is within the investment universe of the Ethical Partners Australian Share Fund.
During September 2020 the Fund returned -3.40% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of -3.60%, outperforming by 0.20% (after fees). Overweight positions in Insurance stocks and an underweight position in Construction stocks and Healthcare detracted from performance while overweight positions in Industrials (specifically Building Products) and underweight positions in Information Technology and Energy contributed to performance
Emma McCarthy recently joined Ethical Partners. Emma is a passionate final year law student and joins us as Sustainability and Advocacy Assistant. We are honoured to share with you her reflections on the recent UN Global Compact conference, and how it inspired her, as a new recruit to the global sustainability and human rights community, on her journey to fight for change.
During August 2020 the Fund returned 4.10% versus the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index of 3.05%, outperforming by 1.05% (after fees). Overweight positions in Consumer Staples and Industrials added to performance while stocks in General Insurance and Building Products detracted from performance.
It appears that the Australian economy will be asked to grow itself out of debt post COVID rather than experience an increase in taxes once the economy is more stable. So what are the long term projects that would change Australia for the better? It was quite timely indeed then that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently released its 2020 Integrated System Plan (ISP). It appears to us that AEMO has put down the framework for how Australia will operate with less coal fired electricity generation given we have an aging fleet which will be gradually de-commissioned over the next 20 years.The AEMO Plan is a whole of system blueprint for the evolution and change the electricity market will experience in the 20 years to 2040. It expects 63% of the current coal fired power stations to close by then based on company disclosures and end of life assumptions. Herein lies Australia's great stimulus opportunity.