Center for Environmental Markets
As a leading global financial institution, it is our responsibility to help foster progress by using our resources to convene thought leaders and decision makers from the corporate, academic, government and NGO sectors to raise awareness of critical issues and further solutions where capital markets can play a meaningful role in addressing important environmental issues.
Through the Center for Environmental Markets, we collaborate with corporations, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations to research and develop market-based solutions to environmental challenges. We share our findings though publications, research papers, conferences, and targeted outreach. Since its inception in 2006, the Center has focused on global partnerships to address clean energy, energy efficiency, and market solutions surrounding greenhouse gas emissions, forest carbon and ecosystems, and water.
The Center has worked closely with the World Resources Institute (WRI) as a founding member of the WRI Aqueduct Alliance, a partnership which brings together a number of leading companies to address water risk through a global water risk mapping tool. The primary sponsors of the tool are Goldman Sachs, GE, Skoll Global Threats Fund, and Shell. In early 2013, WRI released the latest version of the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to help companies, investors, and governments assess the various dimensions of water risk in their decision making. View the tool by clicking here.
In major urban areas such as New York, buildings can account for as much as 80 percent of the city’s total energy consumption. Through a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center is collaborating on a project that addresses the energy consumption in commercial buildings by focusing on tenant demand for high performing energy efficient space.
In late 2012, we entered into a partnership with Resources for the Future, a D.C. based non-profit and non-partisan think tank, to undertake research on shale energy expansion and its implications on both the domestic and global markets, particularly in the transition towards a low carbon energy future.
We are also a member of The Climate Group and recently joined the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy, a coalition of senior level financiers brought together by the American Council on Renewable Energy.
See the most recent Environmental, Social and Governance Report for more information.