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Where Does The Carbon Come From?
Feb 04, 2016
The Paris Agreement has targets to hold the global average temperature to below 2°C, with a commitment to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C. Achieving this goal will require dramatic reductions in GHGs, renewable energy, and methods for capturing carbon — but where does the carbon come from?
How to Finance a Trillion-Dollar Climate Change Opportunity
Feb 01, 2016
Pulling the world back from the brink of catastrophic climate change cannot be done for free. Changing the way the world is powered means big spending -- and huge investment opportunities -- as new clean energy infrastructure is built across the world.
Paris Climate Deal [Brings Investment Opportunity of] $12.1 Trillion Over 25 Years
Jan 29, 2016
If the world is serious about halting the worst effects of global warming, the renewable energy industry will require $12.1 trillion of investment over the next quarter century, or about 75 percent more than current projections show for its growth.
New report: $12.1 trillion must be invested in new renewable power generation over next 25 years to limit climate change
Jan 29, 2016
To reach the level of investment in new renewable power generation needed to avert dangerous climate change, $12.1 trillion of investment will be needed over the next 25 years, which is $5.2 trillion above business-as-usual projections, a new report by Ceres and Bloomberg New Energy Finance concludes.
Drop In Oil Prices Complicates Effort To Combat Climate Change
Jan 28, 2016
Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy to combat climate change will require trillions of dollars in investment. Cheap prices for fossil fuels are making that transition a bit more complicated.
Fossil Fuels Are A Terrible Investment, And They're Only Going To Get Worse
Jan 28, 2016
The market is encouraging pension funds and institutions to jettison fossil fuels from their portfolios, waving a clear warning flag to investors about the financial future of oil and coal companies.
UN urges business leaders to double investment in green energy by 2020
Jan 27, 2016
The United Nations urged global business leaders on Wednesday to double investment in wind and solar energy to $600bn a year by 2020. Business leaders were challenged to act decisively to hasten the transition away from the fossil fuel economy.
Mapping the Gap: The Road From Paris
Jan 27, 2016
Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Ceres and Ken Locklin have collaborated to more closely examine total volumes of capital that will be required to fund clean energy power project development in the electric sector over the next 2.5 decades. View the presentation to learn key findings regarding total capital requirements under NEO 2°C and projections of future finance pathways.
500 Global Investors Managing Trillions Mobilize Action in Wake of Paris Climate Agreement
Jan 27, 2016
On the heels of the historic international climate agreement in Paris, more than 500 global investors gathered at the United Nations to begin mobilizing the trillions of dollars needed to catalyze the global clean energy transition.
The One Thing We Still Need in Order to Get to a Low-Carbon Economy
Jan 26, 2016
We need far more investment in the low-carbon economy — well over US$1 trillion every year. What will it take to get pension funds, insurance companies and other investors who manage trillions of dollars to open their wallets to this enormous clean energy opportunity?
U.S. Oil and Gas Companies Not Adequately Disclosing Climate Risk
Jan 25, 2016
Climate change poses risks to the operations of oil and gas companies. Yet, large U.S. oil and gas companies are not giving adequate disclosures to their investors about climate-related risks to their operations. Not one of the 23 American oil and gas companies in the S&P 500 index included the potential impact of an international agreement to limit climate change in their most recent disclosures.
Investors Have A Big Opportunity for Accelerating Clean Energy
Jan 25, 2016
Those gathering at the UN in New York on Wednesday for the biennial Investor Summit on Climate Risk are facing a new world and a new reality. The Paris climate agreement has confirmed that every nation is now on an irreversible path to a low -- perhaps even zero -- carbon economy. The challenge now is not the certainty, the direction or the ultimate destination of this transformation: it is the speed and how to scale up the opportunities.
S.E.C. Is Criticized for Lax Enforcement of Climate Risk Disclosure
Jan 24, 2016
In the two years after issuing climate dislcosure guidance, the S.E.C. issued 49 comment letters to companies addressing the adequacy of their climate change disclosures. But it issued only three such letters in 2012 and none in 2013. To advocates of more robust climate change disclosure, the impression was that the S.E.C. had taken its eye off the ball.
Statement from Ceres President Mindy Lubber on Clean Power Plan Court Decision
Jan 21, 2016
"Today’s decision is a huge victory for the climate and a clear rejection of misguided arguments that shifting to clean technologies will cause irreparable harm,” said Mindy Lubber, president of the nonprofit group Ceres, which helped mobilize hundreds of companies and investors to support the Clean Power Plan. "Indeed, when the rule was released last summer, 365 companies and investors came out in favor of swift implementation, citing the economic benefits. The added certainty that today’s ruling provides for the CPP will help spur additional investment in the clean energy economy."
The Elephant in the 10-K: Carbon Asset Risk
Jan 21, 2016
Large US oil and gas companies are not adequately disclosing to their investors the risk that a portion of their carbon-based assets could be left stranded. Ceres, in collaboration with CookESG Research, recently launched a new version of its SEC Sustainability Disclosure Search Tool, helping users to explore narrative disclosures relevant to assessing carbon asset risk by companies in high-emitting industries.
Global Investor Coalition Calls on Exxon to Prepare for a Lower Carbon Future
Jan 19, 2016
A group of investors led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and the Church of England are urging ExxonMobil to disclose the resilience of its business model in the wake of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The group of investors, including co-filers the Vermont State Employees' Retirement System, the University of California Retirement Plan and The Brainerd Foundation, represents nearly $300 billion in assets under management and more than $1 billion in Exxon shares.
Climate change influences shareholders concerns
Jan 19, 2016
It’s still early in this year’s proxy season — most companies hold annual meetings between April and June — but there are two clear issue leaders emerging in the shareholder resolutions filed to date: concerns about methane emissions and political activity.
New Search Tool Analyzes Carbon Asset Risk
Jan 18, 2016
A new tool has been launched that allows investors to search for SEC filings containing risk disclosures related to climate, water and carbon. The tool can zero in on disclosures related to carbon-intensive exploration projects, competition from sources of renewable energy, government efforts to reduce carbon emissions, possible global reductions in demand for fossil fuels and other areas specific to carbon asset disclosures, according to the two companies.
In Saudi Aramco IPO Talk, Some See Age of Oil Coming to End
Jan 15, 2016
For all the talk of Saudi Arabia’s oil company becoming the first trillion-dollar business if it goes public, some see the chatter as a sign of oil’s weakness. The Saudis, they say, know it’s time to start hedging their bet on fossil fuels.
Statement from Ceres President Mindy Lubber on President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address
Jan 13, 2016
In his final State of the Union, President Obama once again called for a transition to the clean energy economy needed to meet the climate goal agreed to by nearly every country around the globe last month in Paris.