12 Jan '12, 4pm

Top Investment Firms Begin Assessing Their Portfolios' Climate Risks

Top Investment Firms Begin Assessing Their Portfolios' Climate Risks

In a groundbreaking survey published one year ago, Mercer found that the economic cost of climate policy could lead to as much as a 10 percent increase in portfolio risk for investors within 20 years. "Climate-related policy changes could increase the cost of carbon emissions by as much as $8 trillion over the coming 20 years," Danyelle Guyatt of Mercer said at the time. "The longer the delay, and the poorer the coordination in implementing the changes, the more uncertainty there will be for investors. The cost of impacts to the physical environment could exceed $4 trillion." Now, a year later -- and with the implications of the recent COP17 climate change conference still being debated -- Mercer has followed up with a second report . The new report surveys 12 institutional investors, with almost $2 trillion in assets under management, on how they are implementing the find...

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