26 Apr '11, 10pm

High Carbon Emissions Could Sink Firm Values

High Carbon Emissions Could Sink Firm Values

High levels of greenhouse gas emissions can have a negative impact on a firm value, according to a recent study (PDF) that examined companies on Standard and Poor's 500 Index. A company's value declines on average by $202,000 for every additional thousand metric tons of emissions it produces, according to "Voluntary Disclosures and the Firm-Value Effects of Carbon Emissions." "This translates into a firm-value penalty of $1.28 billion for firms in the third quartile (in terms of carbon emissions) relative to firms in the first quartile," the report's authors wrote said. "The economic effect of carbon emissions on firm value is large, particularly since the direct costs of carbon emissions have been less than $40 per metric ton in the recent past." Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Georgetown University and the University of Notre Dame believe the report...

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