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Climate Investing

How the 1GT Strategy is shifting
the climate impact paradigm in
private equity


Understanding the
Global Emissions Crisis

The Path to Net Zero is Narrow But Achievable

To prevent the worst climate damages, global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) need to fall by ~45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050
IEA, Global Energy Review 2021

The Paris Agreement goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

Source: Historical emissions and predictions created using En-ROADS


Address the global emissions crisis by catalyzing the avoidance of 1 gigaton of CO2e by 2050 by investing in companies with more climate efficient products

Singular Emissions Focus

Focus on CO2e emissions as the single most impactful metric for climate change

Ambitious 1GT Goal

Substantial, trackable and auditable climate goal of 1 gigaton of CO2e emissions avoided

Carried Interest Alignment

Innovative carried interest linkage to 1GT emission avoided goal to be verified by independent specialist

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Why 1GT?

Carried Interest Link

Innovative carried interest linkage to 1GT emission avoided goal to be verified by independent specialist

Distinguished Track Record

Established climate impact track record dating back to 2015

1 Gigaton Goal

Substantial, trackable, and auditable climate goal of 1 gigaton of CO2e emissions avoided

CO2e Measurement Specialist

Engage with independent CO2e measurement specialist to perform transparent and rigorous measurement

Growth Stage Focus

Target the underserved growth stage segment of the market

Morgan Stanley Advantage2

Ability to add value to portfolio companies by leveraging significant Morgan Stanley resources

What does 1 Gigaton of CO2 look like?

Carbon sequestered by 17 billion tree seedlings grown for 10 years, or one quarter of the world's forest in one year

It is Financially Compelling to Operate within a Climate Lens...



60-80% of global impacts come from household consumption3

62% of younger generations in the US prefer to buy from sustainable brands and around 70% are willing to pay more4



Efficient use of inputs and materials directly impacts bottom-line

Improving EBITDA margins is key to private equity value-add and aligning this with environmental objectives can be very intuitive


Climate Resilience

Increasing frequency of extreme weather is a risk to supply chains

Management of operational risk through climate secure locations and redundancy planning can lead to greater cash flow predictability



Traditional companies are driven to diversify into promising new areas by making acquisitions of sustainability-oriented companies

Public market investors are leaning into climate positive equities


About the 1GT Strategy

Our Sustainable Value Add

As the Lead Sustainable Investor, the 1GT Team will partner with portfolio companies seeking to deliver:

We employ a time-tested, multi-stage approach to assessing investments.

Impact Enhancement

Put in place systems to manage ESG risk and maximize impact delivery, measurement, and reporting

Multiple Expansion

Attempt to deliver multiple expansion through our value-add initiatives and creation of sustainability narrative

Broader Exit Opportunities

Increase potential avenues for successful exit through value-add sustainability partnerships

We Target Climate Positive Portfolio Companies
Across Four Key Investment Themes

Mobility | Electric Train
Power | Solar Panels and Windmills Farm
Sustainable Food & Agriculture | Greenhouse Farm
Sustainable Food
& Agriculture
Circular Economy | Plastic Bottles Closeup
Circular Economy



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1 Insurance Asset Risk: MSIM's 1GT private equity strategy has won the Investment Innovation of the Year Award 2022, with judges focusing particularly on the clear climate objectives, direct link to carried interest, and the specific capital efficiency for insurance investors. (https://www.insuranceassetrisk.com/content/awards/insurance-asset-risk-awards-2022-uk-and-europe/winners/investment-innovation-of-the-year-morgan-stanley-investment-management.html). Winners are awarded by Insurance Asset Risk, published by Field Gibson Media; judges are senior industry experts from across Europe and the UK, each chosen for their knowledge, objectivity and credibility. Judging process : Insurance Asset Risk - https://www.insuranceassetrisk.com/content/awards/insurance-asset-risk-awards-2022-north-americas/judging-process.html

2 Subject to third party confidentiality obligations and internal policies and procedures established by Morgan Stanley, including information barriers and allocation policies, to manage potential and actual conflicts of interest and/or in respect of regulatory requirements.

3 Source: Diana Ivanova, Konstantin Stadler, Kjartan Steen-Olsen, Richard Wood, Gibran Vita, Arnold Tukker and Edgar G. Hertwich. 2015. Environmental Impact Assessment of Household Consumption. Journal of Industrial Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12371

4 Source: First Insight: 'The State of Consumer Spending: Gen Z Shoppers Demand Sustainable Retail.

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This is a summary of various risks associated with investing in a global impact portfolio (a "Portfolio"). This summary is not, and is not intended to be, a complete enumeration or explanation of the risks involved. The recipient should consult with its own advisors before deciding whether to invest in a Portfolio. In addition, to the extent that the investment program of a Portfolio changes and develops over time, additional risk factors not described here may apply. Only a recipient who understands the nature of the investment, does not require liquidity in the investment for the whole of the investment's extended term, and has sufficient resources to sustain the loss of its entire investment should consider making the kinds of investments described in this presentation.

By investing in a global impact fund of funds, an investor gains exposure to the portfolio of the fund of private equity funds and is subject to the risks attendant to such investment fund. An investment in a fund involves a high degree of risk. The following are among the risks applicable to an investment in a Portfolio:

Developments in Financial Services Industry and Impact on Morgan Stanley.

In the event of market turmoil and the overall weakening of the financial services industry, Morgan Stanley's financial condition may be adversely affected and it may be subject to legal, regulatory, reputational and other unforeseen risks that could have an adverse affect on Morgan Stanley's business and operations. To the extent that any such events occur, Morgan Stanley, its affiliates and employees may be unable to fulfill their funding obligations to a Portfolio, one or more of the Portfolio's key investment professionals may cease to be associated with the Portfolio and the Portfolio may suffer other adverse consequences, each of which could adversely affect the business of the Portfolio, restrict the Portfolio's investment activities and impede the Portfolio's ability to effectively achieve its investment objectives. In addition, the cost and availability of funding available to the Portfolio may be adversely affected by illiquidity and wide credit spreads in the credit markets. Continued turbulence in the U.S. and international markets and economy may adversely affect the Portfolio.

Illiquidity of Interests; Limitations on Transfer; No Market for Interests. An investor in a Portfolio will not be permitted to transfer its interest without the consent of the general partner of the Portfolio. Furthermore, the transferability of an interest will be subject to certain restrictions contained in the Agreements of Limited Partnership of the Portfolio and will be affected by restrictions imposed under applicable securities laws. There is currently no market for the interests, and it is not contemplated that one will develop. The interests should only be acquired by investors able to commit their funds for an indefinite period of time, as the term of the Portfolio could continue for up to 14 years. In addition, there are very few situations in which an investor may withdraw from the Portfolio. The possibility of total loss of an investment in the Portfolio exists and prospective investors should not invest unless they can readily bear such a loss.

Risks Related to the Structure and Terms of a Portfolio. Investments in a fund of funds structure may subject investors to additional risks which would not be incurred if such investor were investing directly in private equity funds (the "Underlying Funds"). Such risks may include but are not limited to (i) multiple levels of expense; (ii) reliance on third-party management; and (iii) termination of a Portfolio's interest by an Underlying Fund.

Risk of Loss. There can be no assurance that the operations a Portfolio will be profitable, that a Portfolio will be able to avoid losses or that cash from operations will be available for distribution to the limited partners. The possibility of partial or total loss of capital of a Portfolio exists, and prospective investors should not subscribe unless they can readily bear the consequences of a complete loss of their investment. A Portfolio will have no source of funds from which to pay distributions to the limited partners other than income and gains received on portfolio investments and the return of capital. Any losses in a Portfolio are borne solely by investors in the Portfolio and not by Morgan Stanley or its affiliates.

Leverage. A Portfolio and its Underlying Funds may use leverage in their investment strategies. Leverage may take the form of loans for borrowed money (e.g., margin loans) or derivative securities and instruments that are inherently leveraged, including options, futures, forward contracts, swaps and repurchase agreements. A Portfolio or its Underlying Funds may use leverage to acquire, directly or indirectly, new investments (including prior to the Portfolio's Initial Closing or Final Admission Date). A Portfolio or its Underlying Funds may leverage existing investments to permit distributions or additional investments, facilitate hedging activities, meet capital calls, and bridge fundings for investments in advance of capital calls. The use of leverage by a Portfolio or the Underlying Funds can substantially increase the market exposure (and market risk) to which the Portfolio's and the Underlying Funds' investment portfolios may be subject.

Reliance on the General Partner and Investment Manager. The success of a Portfolio will be highly dependent on the financial and managerial expertise of the General Partner and the Investment Manager and their expertise in the relevant markets. The quality of results of the General Partner and the Investment Manager will depend on the quality of their personnel. While the General Partner believes that the present personnel of the General Partner and the Investment Manager are outstanding, there are risks that death, illness, disability, change in career or new employment of such personnel could adversely affect results of the Portfolio. The limited partners will not make decisions with respect to the acquisition, management, disposition or other realization of any investment, or other decisions regarding a Portfolio's businesses and portfolios.

Reliance on Third Party Fund Management. Each Portfolio will be investing in Underlying Funds managed by such Underlying Funds' managers who are unrelated to the General Partner and its affiliates and, indirectly, in investments selected by such unrelated managers. Although the General Partner and the Investment Manager will attempt to evaluate each Underlying Fund based on criteria such as the performance history of such Underlying Fund and its underlying manager as well as such Underlying Fund's investment strategies, the past performance of an Underlying Fund and its underlying manager may not be a reliable indicator of future results. Some underlying managers may not be registered as investment advisers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, making it more difficult for the General Partner to scrutinize such underlying managers' credentials. Neither the General Partner nor the Investment Manager will have an active role in the day-to-day management of Underlying Funds in which a Portfolio invests. The performance of an Underlying Fund may also rely on the services of a limited number of key individuals, the loss of whom could significantly adversely affect the Underlying Fund's performance.

Availability of Investment Opportunities. The business of identifying and structuring investments of the types contemplated by a Portfolio and its underlying funds is competitive and involves a high degree of uncertainty. Furthermore, the availability of investment opportunities generally will be subject to market conditions and competition from other funds of funds as well as, in some cases, the prevailing regulatory or political climate. In general, a Portfolio will not be permitted to acquire an interest in an underlying fund without the fund manager's consent and there is no assurance that fund managers will give the Portfolio such consent. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the Portfolio and its underlying funds will be able to identify and complete attractive investments in the future or that they will be able to invest fully its commitments. Similarly, there can be no assurance that the underlying funds in which the Portfolio invests will be able to identify and complete investments in the future or fully invest their commitment amounts. Since the underlying funds may only make a limited number of investments, and since the underlying funds' investments generally will involve a high degree of risk, poor performance by a few of the investments could severely affect the total returns to the Portfolio invested in such underlying funds. Moreover, identification of attractive investment opportunities by the underlying funds in which the Portfolio will be invested is difficult and involves a high degree of uncertainty. Even if attractive investment opportunities are identified by AIP, there is no certainty that the Portfolio will be permitted to invest in such opportunity (or invest in such opportunity to the fullest extent desired). Finally, there are other funds sponsored, managed or advised by Morgan Stanley and its affiliates that are or may be seeking investment opportunities similar to those the Portfolio is or may be seeking, and Morgan Stanley and such other funds have no obligation to offer any opportunities it or they may identify to the Portfolio or such Underlying Fund. In addition, the General Partner may not be able to obtain as favorable terms as it would otherwise in a less competitive investment environment. In addition, the current private equity environment has become even more competitive as hedge funds have been competing for investment opportunities that have traditionally been targeted by private equity funds.

Illiquidity of Investments. A Portfolio's ability to transfer any of the interests in Underlying Funds in which it invests will be limited under applicable securities laws as well as by contract. Similarly, investments held by such underlying funds will be subject to transfer restrictions under applicable securities laws and contract. Consequently, there is a significant risk that the Portfolio and the underlying funds will be unable to realize their investment objectives by sale or other disposition of such investments at attractive prices, or will otherwise be unable to complete any exit strategy with respect to such investments. These risks can be further increased by changes in the financial condition or business prospects of the companies, changes in national or international economic conditions, and changes in laws, regulations, fiscal policies or political conditions of countries in which the underlying funds' investments are made.

Investment Related Risks. The success of the Underlying Funds' activities may be affected by general economic and market conditions, such as interest rates, availability of credit, inflation rates, economic uncertainty, changes in laws and national and international political circumstances. These factors may affect the level and volatility of security prices and liquidity of the portfolio investments. Unexpected volatility or liquidity could impair a Portfolio's profitability or result in their suffering losses.

Risks Associated with Non-U.S. Investments. Certain non-U.S. investments involve risks and special considerations not typically associated with U.S. investments. Such risks may include but are not limited to (i) changing political environments, regulatory restrictions and changes in government institutions and policies; (ii) changes in policy with regard to taxation, fiscal and monetary policies, repatriation of profits and other economic regulations; (iii) currency exchange rate fluctuation; (iv) differences in auditing and financial reporting standards; (v) differences in tax regimes and changes in tax treaties; (vi) local intermediary risks and (vii) restrictions on the repatriation of capital and profits.

Valuations. Because there is no public market for private equity investments, they are difficult to value. This difficulty is increased when purchasing a portfolio of interests in private equity funds, as the portfolio will lack the benefit of financial statements and periodic company updates originated from a common investment manager. The overall performance of a Portfolio will be affected by the acquisition price paid by the Portfolio for its direct or indirect interests in Portfolio Investments, which will be subject to negotiation with the sellers of the interests. In addition, while the performance of the investment manager will affect the purchase price paid for the interests, the historical performance of investment managers is not a guarantee or prediction of their future performance, which can vary considerably. Therefore, valuations of investments are inherently subjective to a certain extent. Investors should be aware that there may exist a conflict of interest to the extent that a Morgan Stanley entity is performing valuations for a Portfolio.

Tax Risks. Limited partners may recognize a significant amount of ordinary income as a consequence of an investment in a Portfolio. In addition, limited partners may recognize a significant amount of taxable income in connection with an investment in the Portfolio prior to the receipt of any corresponding distribution. The Portfolio and the limited partners could become subject to additional or unforeseen taxation, as well as filing requirements, in U.S. states or non-U.S. jurisdictions in which the Portfolio or Underlying Funds operate and invest. Changes to U.S. federal, state and local tax laws, changes to non-U.S. tax laws and changes to taxation treaties between the United States and the countries in which the Portfolio invests (or changes in the interpretation of any such laws or treaties) may adversely affect its ability to efficiently realize income or capital gains. update regulation as a bank holding company disclosure;

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