Sustainable Investing

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Financial decisions worldwide are increasingly influenced by the scarcity of resources, and the physical and transition risks associated with climate change. The extent of the environmental impact from climate change is still uncertain but the recent scientific evidence is increasingly worrisome and many governments are taking decisive steps in order to avert a catastrophe. The transition towards a low-carbon economy requires a broad array of financial instruments and innovations that will have far-reaching implications for markets, corporations, intermediaries, and investors.

As part of our effort to help investors and asset managers adequately deal with these new risk factors, EDHEC-Risk Institute has launched an ambitious programme that will explore the impact of climate change on asset prices and evaluate the impact of financial decisions on the fight against climate change. On June 9 2020, the EDHEC Business School joined the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI), the global network for cutting-edge research on sustainable finance and investment. 

Implications of Climate Change on Asset Pricing and Investment Management


It is still not clear how decisive climate control efforts will be in the coming decades. If little is done, the damage to the planet and, as a consequence, to the economy may be very severe. If, on the other hand, decisive action is taken, the redirection of resources to climate change abatement will have to be on a war-effort scale. And there are, of course, lots of intermediate outcomes. Each of these ‘possible worlds’ will have an impact on the returns one can expect from financial assets. Assets distribute to investors what the economy produces after labour has received its share. Therefore, the chosen abatement path will have an obvious first-order impact on asset returns. In addition to this, the transformative nature of the resource allocation called for by a decisive abatement effort will give rise to major differences in the returns of different asset classes, which in turns has profound implication for risk and asset allocation decisions.

The programme Implications of Climate Change on Asset Pricing and Investment Management is managed by Riccardo Rebonato, PhD, Professor of Finance at EDHEC Business School, and Scientific Director of EDHEC-Risk Climate Impact Institute. He is a specialist in interest rate risk modelling with applications to bond portfolio management and fixed-income derivatives pricing. He was previously Global Head of Rates and FX Research at PIMCO. He has published extensively on the use of Bayesian nets for stress testing and asset allocation. His past academic experience in the hard sciences (physics & nuclear engineering) is a unique asset in the adaptation of the existing IAMs to the task at hand.

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Impact of Finance on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Recent evidence sheds light on the magnitude and pervasiveness of climate risks exposure for households, corporates, banks and global investors. The scale of these risks is substantial and possibly larger even than those that triggered the financial crisis. Besides measuring and acting on climate risks, the global financial system will be crucial in channelling capital towards green assets, especially to generate clean power. As part of our effort to help financial actors assess the risks and opportunities of the climate transition, EDHEC-Risk Institute is launching an ambitious research programme on climate-footprint metrics, clean energy financing and valuation tools for climate-related investments.

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The programme Impact of Finance on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation is managed by Irene Monasterolo, PhD, Professor of Climate Finance at EDHEC Business School. She writes and researches on topics related to climate change and the financial system, including tail risk scenarios, climate stress test, and green finance policies and regulations. She has developed the climate stress test of the financial system and the EIRIN Stock-Flow Consistent model. Her research is published in leading journals such as Science. Prior to joining EDHEC, she held research positions at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Boston University. Irene also has extensive experience in mainstreaming research results into climate finance policy and risk management. She has collaborated with international and European leading financial institutions, including the World Bank, the European Central Bank, the G20, the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority. She is associate editor at Ecological Economics and research area leader for Environment-Economy Interactions at the EAEPE.

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EDHEC-Risk Institute aspires to associate its research efforts on sustainable finance and more specifically on Incorporating ESG factors in investment decisions with a major name from the industry and welcomes sponsorship to conduct a research chair. Research chair involves a close partnership with the financial sponsor and a commitment from EDHEC-Risk to publishing related articles in international academic journals as well as to releasing the research results to the investment management profession through wide distribution of practitioner-oriented publications and presentations at industry conferences.

An EDHEC-Risk Institute research chair therefore enables its sponsor to support high quality, independent research that will be made public; this is an ideal way to demonstrate organisation’s interest and commitment to the finance of climate change.

If you are interested in discussing further research chair opportunities, please contact: Maud Gauchon on +33 (0)4 93 18 78 87 or at [email protected]