Below are some of the most recent Ceres reports. For a list of all reports, click here.
Building Resilient Cities: From Risk Assessment to Redevelopment
Dec 05, 2013
- This paper by urban strategist Jeb Brugmann is one of three documents arising from the “Building Climate Resilience in Cities” workshop series. It explains one of the core concepts developed through our workshop series. This new strategic planning framework, called a “Resilience Zone” is introduced and explored through a four-stage development process.
Building Climate Resilience in Cities: Priorities for Collaborative Action
Dec 05, 2013
- This is one of three documents developed by insurance industry leaders and city stakeholders through the Building Climate Resilience in Cities workshop series convened by Ceres and ClimateWise in 2012 and 2013.
Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy
Nov 14, 2013
- This report is designed to help companies inform and accelerate the policies most urgently needed to support a stable global economy. And it is designed to help businesses engage in national and international debates.
Inaction on Climate Change: The Cost to Taxpayers
Oct 28, 2013
- When we examine the full costs of public programs that pay for disaster relief and recovery from extreme weather events—ad hoc disaster assistance appropriations, flood insurance, crop insurance, wildfire protection, and state run “residual market” insurance programs—we can begin to understand the price to U.S. taxpayers of inaction on climate change.
The Future is Possible: Ceres Annual Report 2012
Sep 25, 2013
- Our latest annual report highlights our accomplishments over the last year in mobilizing our powerful networks of investors and companies to integrate environmental and social concerns into their decision-making and operations. It discusses our efforts to move key economic players like the insurance industry and to transform capital market systems in order to address the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time—water scarcity, the depletion of natural resources, and the growing impacts of climate change.
Navigating Climate Risk: Ceres' Primer for Family Offices
Sep 19, 2013
- Climate change presents a profound but widely ignored risk to investment portfolios.Since climate risk has serious long-term implications (though increasingly, lack of attention to climate risk results in negative short-term impacts as well), family offices have a particular interest in wisely managing this critical investment risk. By their nature, family offices are designed to take a very long-term view, responsibly stewarding family resources for generations in perpetuity. With this primer, Ceres provides nine action steps that family offices can take toward integrating climate risk considerations into their investment portfolios. Family offices can use this primer as a launching point for asking questions of their financial advisors and for beginning to implement customized strategies for climate risk mitigation.
Assessing Water System Revenue Risk: Considerations for Market Analysts
Aug 07, 2013
- Water utilities are on the brink of extraordinary investments to replace aging infrastructure—the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that by 2030, capital expenditures of more than $300 billion will be needed to safeguard drinking water. Yet this investment comes at a time when Americans’ water use habits are changing—resulting in considerable uncertainty for water systems planning capital programs to replace or expand their assets.
Global Investor Survey on Climate Change 2013
Aug 05, 2013
- The results of this third global survey of climate-related investment practices, summarized in this report, are consistent with last year’s results: while members of the investor networks surveyed continue to show a strong commitment to addressing climate change in their investment activities, translating that commitment into investment decisions that reduce climate risks to portfolios and leverage climate-related investment opportunities remains a challenge. Leading investors continue to advance their climate-related investment practices, and are prepared to do significantly more with the appropriate policy signals.
Flaring Up: North Dakota Natural Gas Flaring More Than Doubles in Two Years
Jul 29, 2013
- The tremendous growth of unconventional oil production in North Dakota has also led to a rapid rise in the production of associated natural gas. However, state authorities report that a large percentage of this gas does not ultimately go to market. Nearly 30 percent of North Dakota gas is currently being burned off, or flared, each month as a byproduct of oil production.
The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing
Jun 26, 2013
- Unprecedented risks to the global economy make this a challenging time for the 21st century investor—institutional asset owners and their investment managers—most of which have multi-generational obligations to beneficiaries. Climate change, resource scarcity, population growth, energy demand, ensuring the human rights of workers across global supply chains, and access to fresh water are some of the major issues challenging our ability to build a sustainable economy, one that meets the needs of people today without compromising the needs of future generations.