As climate risks intensify, investment analysis must rise to the challenge Addressing the challenge of integrating climate change dynamics into investment decision-making.


Key Insights

  • We believe climate change is set to have a material impact on investment performance across geographies and asset classes.
  • Data availability has historically been a notable headwind to analyzing climate change-related risks and opportunities.
  • While the challenges around climate data are not insignificant, the good news is that there is progress.


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1 CAGR = Compound annual growth rate. It represents the consistent rate of growth had the indicator compounded at the same rate each year over the previous 10-year period.
2 This calculation refers to weighted average carbon intensity and applies the benchmark weighted average for greenhouse gas emissions/revenues.
3 The Greenhouse Gas Protocol recommends that a company should focus on which Scope 3 activities are expected to generate the most significant emissions and offer the most significant GHG reduction opportunities and are the most relevant to the company’s business goals. As a first step, companies should conduct a screening process using less specific data (i.e., industry average data). Next, each category should be examined to determine whether to further refine the emissions estimates.
4 The SBTi is a partnership between the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact. It provides companies with a clearly defined pathway to future‑proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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