Category Archives: ESG

China’s Bank Stress Test and its Exposure to Environmental Risk

In just over two years, China has developed a policy framework for green finance that aims to shift capital from “brown” fossil fuel industries to “green” low-carbon technologies. We have also seen impressive growth in Chinese green bond issuance that has taken the world by surprise. On joining-up green finance policy and practice, China is Read more […]

Green Bond Update for May 2017

Green bond Issuance picked up in the first two weeks in May compared with the previous two-week period.  Twenty new green labeled bond offerings were announced, including 11 U.S. municipal offerings with maturity structure (215 unique instruments).  Issuance totaled USD 7.56 billion, of which USD 2.4 billion was in U.S. municipal bonds.  Of note, German Read more […]

Better Carbon Disclosure Is the First Step Toward Meeting Japan’s Energy Transition Challenge

Japan’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is a 26% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2013 levels.1 To achieve this, the Japanese government has set carbon targets for all sectors backed up by a national carbon tax and Tokyo emissions trading scheme. In the first Read more […]

Measuring ESG Improvement: Impact Reporting Versus Impact Measurement

As the importance of ESG investing grows, especially in the U.S., the ability to quantify and measure the impact of an ESG-incorporated portfolio will become more relevant.  In evaluating performance, traditional investors focus on standard metrics such as return, risk, tracking error, and other familiar modern portfolio theory statistics; however, ESG investors require all of Read more […]

Natural Resources, a Potential “Natural” Play on Higher Inflation Expectations

As the economy expands and inflation ticks up in the post-election world, fueled by a pledge by President Trump to increase fiscal spending with improvements to America’s crumbling infrastructure, market participants will have to keep in mind the negative effects of increasing prices.  They may want to consider hard-asset-related investments to help maintain the purchasing Read more […]

Evolution of the Green Bond Market

A few weeks ago, Martina Macpherson wrote the blog post The Rise of Green Bonds, in which she provided an overview and outlined some of the drivers behind their recent increase in issuance.  Indeed, green bond issuance ramped up significantly in 2016, and the accelerated pace is expected to continue this year.  Total issuance of Read more […]

Why Companies and Investors Need to Value Water Differently

March 22, 2017, is World Water Day, the U.N.’s annual bid to raise awareness about the water crisis.  Climate change, pollution, and overconsumption are making fresh water an increasingly scarce resource.  Worldwide, 663 million people currently have no access to clean water.  By 2030, it is predicted that there will be a 40% shortfall in Read more […]

Will Low-Carbon Trends in the U.S. Continue?

When people think of a low-carbon economy, the U.S. may not be the first one to come to mind.  In almost all things ESG, Europe is considered the leader.  However, the U.S. market has made some strides in recent years.  The carbon footprint of the S&P 500® has actually been declining since 2011, as illustrated Read more […]

The Rise of Green Bonds

Green bonds can play an important role in engaging institutional market participants in the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. They can help to meet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change goal of limiting global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures, along with the climate mitigation, adaptation, and finance commitments as set Read more […]

Sustainable Investment space in India

In India, S&P BSE Indices has two investible indices in the sustainable investment space—namely, the S&P BSE CARBONEX and S&P BSE GREENEX. The S&P BSE CARBONEX seeks to track the performance of the companies in the S&P BSE 100, based on their commitment to mitigating risks arising from climate change in the long run. Index Read more […]