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Water Climate Bonds Standard
Nov 23, 2015
Water-related projects are a growing subset of the green bonds market that encourages investments for a low carbon and climate resilient economy. The Water Climate Bonds Standard is intended to provide investors with verifiable, science-based criteria for evaluating water-related bonds, and to assist issuers in the global corporate, municipal, sovereign and supra-sovereign markets in differentiating their green bond offerings. By establishing this screening tool, we aim to maintain credibility in the green bonds market, which reached almost US$40bn in annual issuances as of 2014 and could be valued at US$1tn by 20201. This standard can be used to evaluate projects as diverse as industrial water efficiency, reuse, catchment or watershed restoration and or large-scale water supply infrastructure development. This document provides the necessary methodology and process to evaluate a project’s likely compatibility with the Water Climate Bonds Standard, whether you are a project sponsor, an underwriter, an auditor or a bond investor. This Standard should be recognized as a starting point and can be supplemented by other relevant standards that cover areas such as stakeholder engagement, social or human rights.2 We emphasise that the proposed criteria are provisional and may be adapted either due to public feedback or future developments in the water sector. The Water Climate Bond Standard Consortium3 and Technical Working Group (TWG) have undertaken best endeavors to present a comprehensive first version of the Standard, however it is acknowledged that revisions will be needed over time. Accordingly, feedback is welcomed in order to ensure the Water Climate Bonds Standard are as robust, credible and practical as possible.
View From the Top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance
Oct 28, 2015
Corporate boards are responsible for overseeing the interests of shareholders in the long term and have a critical role to play in championing sustainability across the enterprise. Over the years, Wall Street research, academic papers, corporate reports and trends from major investors have all underscored the same message: Companies that adopt sustainable practices deliver superior financial results and can face the future with more resilience. Based on interviews conducted with dozens of corporate directors, senior corporate leaders and governance experts, this Ceres report, View from the top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance identifies key strategies for effective board engagement that can produce tangible environmental and social impacts.
Carbon Asset Risk: From Rhetoric to Action
Oct 16, 2015
In the past few years, carbon asset risk (CAR) has gone from a fringe topic discussed primarily by NGOs to a serious consideration of some of the largest companies in the world. Recent market action, investor pledges, new models and results, and significant shareholder resolutions are all contributing to pushing CAR into the public attention. This report discusses some of the most important recent developments and provides the first attempt at quantifying the uptake of CAR assessment and management.
Shareholders Spur Action On Climate Change: Company Commitments From the 2014 & 2015 Proxy Seasons
Oct 14, 2015
This report tracks the implementation of climate change-related corporate commitments made in response to shareholder proposals and dialogues in 2014 and 2015. Tracking such information has numerous benefits. It helps investors communicate the impact of shareholder engagement to a broader audience. It also provides an accountability framework to help investors track how companies are following through on commitments they make.
Accelerating U.S. Clean Energy Deployment: Investor Policy Priorities
Sep 08, 2015
International investment to mitigate climate change is far below levels needed to reach the two-degree target. The International Energy Agency estimates that an average of an additional $1 trillion in incremental financing for clean energy is needed to meet the temperature target.
Water Connection Charges: A Tool for Encouraging Water-Efficient Growth
Aug 11, 2015
As many U.S. communities are struggling to support growing populations with limited water resources, very few of them are utilizing water connection charges to increase water-savvy residential development projects in their communities.
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States 2015
Jul 14, 2015
The 2015 Benchmarking report is the eleventh collaborative effort highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The Benchmarking series uses publicly reported data to compare the emissions performance of the 100 largest power producers in the United States. The current report is based on 2013 generation and emissions data.
Carbon Asset Risk: A Review of Progress and Opportunities
Jun 30, 2015
n September 2013, Ceres and the Carbon Tracker Initiative launched the Carbon Asset Risk (“CAR”) Initiative with support from the Global Investor Coalition. This report chronicles major shifts in the financial landscape since the CAR effort began.
21st Century Engagement: Investor Strategies for Incorporating ESG Considerations into Corporate Interactions
May 28, 2015
21st Century Engagement: Investor Strategies for Incorporating ESG Considerations into Corporate Interactions is a guide for U.S. institutional investors on engaging with companies and policymakers on sustainability issues and includes tactics and case studies from 37 engagement experts spanning six countries.
Investor Network on Climate Risk: Year in Review 2014-2015
May 27, 2015
The 2014-2015 INCR Year in Review highlights the key activities, events and initiatives that INCR members and Ceres have undertaken from June 2014 through early 2015.
Ceres Annual Report 2014
May 15, 2015
Ceres began as a bold experiment 25 years ago, with just a few investors who envisioned a different way for companies and the capital markets to behave. At the time, our idea was radical: We set out to create a new sustainable business model that could protect the health of the planet and the long-term well-being of its people—all while strengthening, not limiting, our global economy.
Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Sector is Managing Global Water Risks
May 07, 2015
In Feeding Ourselves Thirsty, Ceres takes a closer look at how the food sector is managing water risk. The report evaluates publicly available information on the water use, stewardship and policies of 37 major food sector companies in four industries: packaged food, beverage, meat and agricultural products. The report examines how water risks affect the profitability and competitive positioning of these companies using indicators and scoring drawn from the Ceres Aqua Gauge.
Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: 2014 Update
Nov 17, 2014
This 2014 update to Ceres' 2012 report, Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know, looks at key trends that continue to reshape the U.S. electricity industry, analyzes changing costs and risk profiles of energy resources (especially renewable energy), and offers further insights and recommendations for smart, “risk-aware” decision-making by utility regulators.
Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations
Oct 21, 2014
Amid growing evidence that climate change is having wide-ranging global impacts that will worsen in the years ahead, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations, ranks the nation's 330 largest insurance companies on what they are saying and doing to respond to escalating climate risks.
Measuring & Mitigating Water Revenue Variability: Understanding How Pricing Can Advance Conservation Without Undermining Utilities’ Revenue Goals
Jul 10, 2014
As water utilities across North America undertake capital campaigns to finance the replacement and expansion of their systems, the need for confident revenue projections grows.
Power Forward Supplement: Climate and Energy Targets set by Fortune 500 Companies
Jun 19, 2014
This table is a supplemental document listing all the goals to the report: Power Forward: How American Companies are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value.
Water and Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production: How Companies and Investors Can Cultivate Sustainability
Jun 11, 2014
This report provides new data and interactive maps on the risks facing U.S. corn production, as well as detailed recommendations for how corn-buying companies and their investors can catalyze more sustainable agricultural practices that will reduce these risks, preserve and enhance yields, and protect precious water resources.
Benchmarking Air Emissions of the 100 Largest Electric Power Producers in the United States 2014
May 28, 2014
This report examines and compares the stack air pollutant emissions of the 100 largest power producers in the United States based on their 2012 generation, plant ownership, and emissions data and shows a downward trend in nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxides (SO2), mercury and carbon dioxide (CO2) since 2000, with CO2 emissions decreasing 13 percent between 2008 and 2012.
The Future is Now: Ceres Annual Report 2013
May 06, 2014
The future that scientists have warned us— about in which the impacts of climate change begin to alter the health of the global economy and our way of life— is here.
Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability
Apr 30, 2014
This report evaluates how well 613 of the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies are integrating sustainability into their business systems and decision-making. The report— a collaboration between Ceres and Sustainalytics—assesses corporate progress across the four strategic areas first outlined in 2010 in the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability.