Climate change - Thought leadership and discussion papers

PRI’s ambitious thought leadership programme seeks to advance new topics for discussion in the industry and seek practitioners’ feedback, as well as advancing industry initiatives aimed at improving the data and disclosures available to investors on climate change.

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    Considering climate change in sovereign debt


    Investors increasingly consider climate change in sovereign debt assessment – both risks and opportunities for positive impact. This paper helps investors understand the many links between sovereign debt and climate change.

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    ESG, credit risk and ratings: part 4 - deepening the dialogue between investors, issuers, and CRAs


    The second phase of the ESG in Credit Risk and Ratings Initiative, which this report summarises, has deepened the dialogue that the PRI started between investors and credit rating agencies (CRAs) in phase one. It has also broadened the outreach to other stakeholders – primarily borrowers, but also ESG information ...

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    New IPR report examines global Race to the top on clean energy


    Race to the top on clean energy – The US and EU response to China’s dominance: A new catalyst for more renewables involves a likely chain reaction of industrial policies for green industries in Western countries as evidenced in the EU Green Deal Industrial Plan.

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    Achieving climate commitments in multi-asset portfolios


    This report helps asset owners address the complexity of implementing a climate commitment across multi-asset portfolios.

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    The Inevitable Policy Response: 2022 Quarterly Forecast Trackers


    Building on the October 2021 IPR 1.8C Forecast Policy Scenario (FPS) and 1.5 degree Required Policy Scenario (RPS) policy suite, in 2022 IPR is issuing Quarterly Forecast Trackers (QFTs) assessing climate policy, technology and land use developments and acceleration or deceleration in policy ambition against these 2021 IPR scenarios.

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    IPR Supply Chain Analysis for tropical soft commodities


    The new IPR supply chain analysis enables better climate risk analysis of tropical commodity supply chains by estimating value drivers and linking those to company exposure.

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    The US discovers its climate policy: A holistic assessment & implications


    IPR has previously forecast that the US NDC would be achieved by 2030 and additionally, that the US will reach net zero by 2050.

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    Can Lula save the Amazon? A Brazil Policy Analysis


    The Amazon is a hotspot of global deforestation. Critically, illegal activities have been a key driver. Addressing this must be a primary focus in any attempt to end deforestation. The outcome of the October elections in Brazil at both the presidential and congressional levels are a pivotal moment. This analysis ...

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    Q1 2022 Quarterly Forecast Tracker


    This first QFT update covers the period from October 2021 (when the 2021 FPS 1.8°C FPS and 1.5°C RPS was released, pre-COP 26) to mid-April 2022

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    Discussing divestment: Developing an approach when pursuing sustainability outcomes in listed equities


    For listed equity investors, the decision to engage with or divest from ESG laggards depends on the ESG issues concerned as well as the (sustainability) objectives of their clients and beneficiaries.

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    Are the TCFD recommendations useful for credit risk analysis?


    Read about how investors and credit rating agencies use the information provided by companies following the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures in their credit risk analysis.

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    Shorting and responsible investment: A review


    The PRI has a growing number of signatories that allocate to investment strategies that use shorting. These signatories also seek to adhere to the PRI’s six Principles.

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    Sector pathways to net zero emissions


    The UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to apply their One Earth Climate model to sectors as defined by sector classification schemes commonly used in finance.

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    What is the Inevitable Policy Response?


    Financial markets today have not adequately priced-in the likely near-term policy response to climate change. The Inevitable Policy Response (IPR) is a pioneering project which aims to prepare investors for the associated portfolio risks.

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    Impact investing market map


    Over the last decade, impact investing has shifted from a disruptive investment concept to a complex and rich investment ecosystem.

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    Greening institutional investment


    This paper takes stock of institutional investor experience with mobilising green capital for green investment and mainstreaming green factors across asset classes.

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    Reducing emissions across the portfolio


    A growing number of asset owners want to know how their assets are exposed to climate change related risks, and the role that they can play in an orderly transition to a lower carbon economy.