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Tag Archives: Net Zero

Sep 6, 2022

Net Zero: Time Is of the Essence

This blog was co-authored by Reid Steadman and Fred Samama. At Glasgow’s COP26, banks, insurers and investors representing USD 130 trillion in private capital made a historic commitment through the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest,1 mirroring government pledges. The question remains how to…

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Jul 28, 2022

Schrödinger’s Carbon: Intensity and Paris Alignment

In quantum mechanics, Schrödinger’s Cat refers to the paradoxical consequences of a thought experiment: can a cat be simultaneously dead and alive? A similarly counterintuitive phenomenon can be found in the context of climate-based analysis: whereby an index may boast a relatively low carbon intensity and yet, perhaps surprisingly, not be judged as aligned with…

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Jul 12, 2022

Connecting Climate Goals with Relative Index Returns

The widespread global adoption of ESG and climate indices has created an accompanying need for better understanding regarding the performance impact of the various choices made in their design. As introduced in S&P DJI’s new Climate & ESG Index Dashboard, a Brinson-like “carbon attribution” teases out one particularly important source of returns. Untangling the exact…

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Jun 23, 2022

Data Driving the Weights within the S&P 500 Net Zero 2050 Paris-Aligned ESG Index

The World Meteorological Organization estimates that there is a 50% chance that global warming will exceed 1.5°C before 2026.1 The International Panel on Climate Change has warned that time is running out—climate change is no longer a problem for the future, and its associated physical risks are materializing more evidently.2 The world may need to…

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Apr 20, 2022

The S&P PACT Indices: Leading the Net Zero Charge for Two Years

Two years is a long time in the sphere of ESG. While the world wrestled with the worst pandemic in a century, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) shook the ESG indexing space and cemented its position as a leader in climate indices. April 20, 2022, marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of the…

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Mar 30, 2022

S&P PACT Indices Target Sector Neutrality

Recently announced results for a consultation on the S&P PACT™ Indices (S&P Paris-Aligned & Climate Transition Indices) reveal that they will now target country and sector neutrality. This has the potential benefit of comparing companies, as much as possible, to close peers (those in the same sector and country), while reducing active risk. The EU’s…

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Mar 29, 2022

Green Pools: Evolving ESG Trading Ecosystems

Compared to the wide range of liquid, tradable instruments associated to more traditional benchmarks like the S&P 500®, the trading ecosystem of ESG-based investment products is still in its infancy. But, with the increased volume in listed futures linked to the S&P 500 ESG Index and S&P Europe 350® ESG Index, change is afoot. Of…

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Mar 10, 2022

An ESG Solution for Varying Objectives: S&P 500 ESG-Based Indices

When it comes to ESG indices, different objectives require different solutions. Indices can range from simple to sophisticated, concentrated to benchmark-like, broad environmental, social and governance to climate-focused, and more. Our growing suite of ESG indices aims to serve a wide range of ESG needs and support the alignment of investments with ESG principles. When…

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Feb 24, 2022

As the UK Targets Net Zero by 2050, the S&P UK PACT Indices Can Too

The UK set goals of reaching net zero targets by 2050; these targets include transitioning to cleaner power and a more sustainable future, securing 440,000 well-paid jobs, and protecting the British consumer from global fossil fuels price spikes.1 The UK equity market certainly has some work to do, given its high weight in carbon-intensive sectors,…

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Dec 8, 2021

Did COP26 deliver?

This piece originally appeared on Risk.net. The dust has now settled on the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). Did the gathering of almost 200 nations succeed in putting us on a path towards limiting warming to 1.5°C? COP26 concluded with the signing of the Glasgow Pact, which agreed to “keep 1.5°C alive.” Some of…

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