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  • 18
  • July
  • 2019

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Rhodium Group Report — Capturing Leadership: Policies for the U.S. to Advance Direct Air Capture Technology

Direct Air Capture (DAC) is a chemical process by which carbon dioxide (CO2) is removed directly from the air. Researchers highlight DAC research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) as a means to mitigate climate change and limit the increase in global temperature. In its 2018 report, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that global emissions of CO2 had to reach net-zero between 2045 and 2055 to limit the increase in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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  • 12
  • July
  • 2019

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Increasing Climate Disclosure Mandate in the United Kingdom

Earlier this month, the United Kingdom (“UK”) indicated that it is considering rules to require disclosure of certain climate-related risks. On July 2, the government released its Green Finance Strategy, which discusses the UK’s strategy for accomplishing its goals of net zero emissions by 2050. Among the actions discussed is a consideration of mandatory climate reporting.

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Glencore the Latest to Commit to Climate Action 100+ Initiative

Glencore PLC, the British-Swiss multinational trading and mining company, is one of the latest to commit to take steps in line with investor initiative Climate Action 100+. In what some are calling a potential tipping point in shareholder engagement on climate issues, Glencore committed to cap coal production at current levels, prioritize investment in commodities supporting low-emissions technology, and continue to disclose climate-related risks and opportunities in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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S&P Launches Forward-Looking ESG Benchmark

On April 12, 2019, S&P Global Ratings (S&P) announced the launch of “ESG Evaluation,” a new benchmark designed to evaluate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. The new benchmark is separate from S&P’s credit ratings and is an aggregate of two components: a quantitative data-driven assessment of a company’s current ESG performance and a qualitative review of how a company is prepared to mitigate future ESG risks and take advantage of opportunities following discussions with the company’s senior management and board of directors.

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The Sustainability Report Heard Round the World?

On March 9, 2018, UBS filed a Form 6-K with the SEC enclosing its EU-required corporate sustainability report. This filing marks a significant moment in the rapidly changing world of environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) disclosures as it effectively declares climate and sustainability reporting to be material. As we have noted previously, increasing investor demands for information on ESG topics, including climate change, has rapidly blurred the line between financial and non-financial disclosures.

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