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Investors and Climate Change

Project description

Financial markets tackling climate change

Institutional investors such as asset managers, insurance companies, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds own more than 70 % of the shares of publicly traded companies. Therefore, they can play a significant role in encouraging these companies to intensify their efforts in combatting climate change. To achieve this, financial markets are expected to play a new role. The EU-funded FinanceCC project aims firstly to determine how financial markets can help investors shape their portfolio strategies to face climate change risk. Second, the project will identify how institutional investors can engage with companies to guide them in their transition towards renewable energy. Finally, the project will investigate how public policy shapes corporate behaviour through the actions of institutional investors.

Objective

Should firms maximize financial value without regard to any environmental and social damages? If not, how should shareholders convey their social and environmental preferences? And, how should investors form their portfolio strategies and engage with the companies they invest in to mitigate climate change and other externalities? These are new fundamental questions firms and investors are confronted with in the face of accelerating climate change, and the new role financial markets are expected to play in the fight against climate change. Another transformational development is the rise of institutional investors –asset managers, insurance companies, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds—who together own more than 70% of the shares of publicly traded companies. These institutional investors are de facto the critical actors to aggregate investor preferences and engage with companies on their behalf.

This research project is divided into two major themes: (A) to determine how financial markets provide the asset price signals and information to help investors shape their portfolio strategies in the face of climate change risk; (B) to identify how institutional investors approach climate change and engage with companies to lead them to accelerate the transition towards renewable energy. These two themes cannot be separated from public policy towards climate change, and the broader context of the global fight against climate change by governments, municipalities, regulators and civil society. Accordingly, a major aspect of the research is to make explicit how public policy shapes corporate behaviour through the actions of institutional investors.

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Host institution

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 738 670,00
Address
SOUTH KENSINGTON CAMPUS EXHIBITION ROAD
SW7 2AZ LONDON
United Kingdom

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 1 738 670,00

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