Retail investors are increasingly aware of the impact their investments may have on the climate; institutional investors are coming under increasing pressure to do the same. Yet exactly how investors can, or should, change their behavior remains controversial. Even among those who wish to make “environmentally friendly” investments, there is a wide-ranging debate on how best to do so.
The publication of the S&P Dow Jones Indices Carbon Emissions Scorecard marks the extension of our coverage to the production of greenhouse gasses. Specifically, this report provides regional and thematic breakdowns of the carbon emissions of major global equity benchmarks. This report also provides efficiency measures and discusses the potential interpretation of the data in the context of investment strategy.