Tag Archives: sustainability

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evaluating Sustainable Investment Trends for 2017 and Beyond

In 2017, the world is in flux—we see a number of key developments that are likely to shape environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends over the course of 2017. These include: The long-term shift to a low-carbon economy and physical natural capital risks; Technological changes of unprecedented depth and speed; A new global economic and Read more […]

Trimming the Emissions Tree

Some market participants may (understandably) get confused about the difference between “fossil fuel free” indices and “carbon efficient” indices.  They do sound a lot alike!  However, there are some important differences, and I thought I’d use this post to explain.  In a previous post, I discussed the elements of sustainability investing and the nature of Read more […]

SRI Community Stands Together

The SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing) conference took place recently in Denver, and it is a three-day conference that brings together asset owners, asset managers, and other investment professionals in the ESG, shareowner advocacy, and impact investing space. The conference is in its 27th year, and given that the conference took place in mid-November—right after Read more […]

COP22 Round Up: Implementing the Paris Agreement and Scaling up Green Finance Activities

COP22 was focused on putting together the work plan that will be required to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement which was agreed at COP21in Paris last year, and entered into force on 4th November 2016. S&P Global contributed to this year’s COP22 conference, with the introduction of an innovative Green Bond Evaluation tool, new Read more […]

The Green-Eyed [Bond] Monster

Green bonds are bonds created to fund projects with positive outcomes that are directly related to the environment. They include the following. “Use of proceeds” bonds and revenue bonds, which are designated for green projects. Green project bonds, the proceeds of which are earmarked for specific projects with positive environmental outcomes. Green securitized bonds, which Read more […]

Water and Financial Returns—Don’t Be Hung Out to Dry

Recently, investment professionals have paid increasing attention to the impact of carbon-intensive businesses on financial returns.  Stricter regulation and increased certainty of higher carbon pricing have made this a mainstream concern.  S&P Global Ratings’ announcement of a green assessment of debt finance in September 2016 is one notable example of this trend. Water scarcity, as Read more […]