Meeting Utility Investors Where They Are: Tools to Speed System Decarbonization

Written by Rocky Mountain Institute

If we needed another proof point of the growing role sustainable business practice is playing in guiding investment decisions, the recent announcement that an institutional investors group representing $1.8 trillion in global assets has asked the country’s 20 largest publicly traded energy generators to commit to achieving net-zero carbon emissions should serve as a mic drop.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations are an ascendant force in financial markets, emerging to play a key role in financial decision-making with some estimates finding ESG-focused investments totaling $20 trillion in assets under management around the globe—about one-quarter of all professionally managed investments.

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By Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI.

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