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Latest Reports

A listing of the most recent Ceres reports.

Below are some of the most recent Ceres reports. For a list of all reports, click here.

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.
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Compliance Outlook for 2020
Jun 13, 2013
California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, as measured on a lifecycle basis. The goals of the program are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, diversify the transportation fuels sector, and to spur investment and innovation in lower carbon fuels. This report represents the first phase of a two-phase, year-long project assessing the economic and environmental impacts of compliance with California’s LCFS out to 2020.
Proxy Voting for Sustainability
May 21, 2013
This report serves as a resource guide to help global investors respond to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that are increasingly the subject of shareholder resolutions filed with U.S. publicly held corporations. This first-of-its-kind report lays out four concise sets of principles on governance, social issues, general sustainability and environmental performance to guide investors’ voting on specific resolutions addressing these topics.
Power Factor: Institutional Investors’ Policy Priorities Can Bring Energy Efficiency to Scale
May 21, 2013
Research shows climate change could impose a multi-trillion dollar burden on the global economy and contribute ten percent of overall risk within institutional investment portfolios. Institutional investors, who manage tens of trillions of dollars globally, are actively looking for ways to mitigate these climate-related risks. Energy efficiency offers one such opportunity for institutional investors to manage the risks of climate change while earning a competitive rate of return on their investment.