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.

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Through the Center for Environmental Markets, we collaborate with corporations, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations to research and develop pilot projects that inform public policy and help further 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 2014, we extended our partnership with WRI to a new project focused on the scale up renewable energy by aggregating corporate demand in urban areas of India.

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 2014, we expanded this partnership to explore the opportunities to increase energy efficiency  in affordable multi-family residential buildings. Please find additional details here.

In July 2013, through our partnership with Resources for the Future, a D.C. based non-profit and non-partisan think tank, we convened an expert session to explore the critical questions needed to further 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. The research findings from this partnership can be found by clicking here.

In 2014, we launched a new partnership with GRID Alternatives, the largest U.S. nonprofit solar installer, with 3,750 solar projects completed to-date. The company installs solar electric systems exclusively for low-income families, while providing hands-on training in the growing field of solar installation. Our partnership with GRID Alternatives, will develop and pilot scalable models for the deployment of solar energy for the affordable multi-family housing stock, including federally-assisted housing complexes.  Additionally in 2014, we launched a new partnership with The Climate Group focused on providing access to energy in rural India. The Project titled – Bijli- Clean Energy for All aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the lives of rural inhabitants in India by deploying renewable energy technologies and improving infrastructure quality over two years’ time.

We are also a member of The Climate Group and 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.

 

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