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Environmental Finance A Guide to Environmental Risk Assessment and Financial Products

ISBN-10: 0471123625
ISBN-13: 9780471123620
Edition: 2002
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Description: In a comprehensive look at the new markets being created to help companies manage environmental risks the authors explore weather derivatives, catastrophe bonds, and emission trading permits. The book also includes a number of real-world cases  More...

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Book details

List price: $115.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/4/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

In a comprehensive look at the new markets being created to help companies manage environmental risks the authors explore weather derivatives, catastrophe bonds, and emission trading permits. The book also includes a number of real-world cases studies.

Rodney White is Professor of Geography and Director of Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Toronto, Canada. He has extensive consultancy and research experience in urban sector development, increasingly focused on environmental policy priorities.

The Emerging World of Environmental Finance
Introduction
An Emerging Field
Why Is It Happening at This Particular Time?
Lessons Learned
How Might Environmental Finance Prepare Us for the Challenges Ahead?
Conclusion
Concepts and Tools for Developing Environmental Finance
Introduction
Environmental Management and Shareholder Value Creation
Environmental Management Systems
Stakeholder Relationships
Looking Ahead: Scenarios and Simulations
Tools for Risk Transfer
Traditional Insurance Mechanisms
Tapping into the Capital Markets
Trading Atmospheric Emission Reduction Credits
Conclusion
The Financial Services Sector
Introduction
Structure of the Global Market for Financial Capital
Forces Reshaping Financial Service Industries
Globalization and Market Forces
Technology
Deregulation
Core Financial Services
Response of the Financial Services Sector to Deregulation
Consolidation
Environmental Implications of Organizational Change
Delivery of Personal Financial Services
Financial Services' Approach to Environmental Issues
Conclusion
Endnotes
Banking
Introduction
Commercial Banking
Direct Liability of Contaminated Land
United States
Canada
European Union
Asia and South America
Brownfield Redevelopment
Risk Management
Environmental Products and Services
Niche Markets and Microcredit
Internal Environmental Management
UNEP Financial Institutions Initiative
Measurements and Reporting of Environmental Management
VfU
EPI-Finance 2000
The Natural Step
Investment Banking
Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Banking Sector
Risks
Opportunities
Sustainable Energy Funds
Pure Carbon Funds
Private Equity Funds with Carbon Credit-Enhanced Internal Rate of Return
Future Private Equity Funds
The Price of Carbon
Reputational Risk
Conclusion
Web Sites
Insurance
Introduction
Angus Ross, Invited Author's Comment
Contaminants in the Environment
Landfills and Superfund
Underground Storage Tanks
Asbestos
Contaminated Land
Lead Paint
Common Lessons from Asbestos and Environmental Problems
Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events
Transferring Risk from the Insurance Industry to the Capital Markets
Regional Variations in the Response of Insurance Companies to the Environmental Challenge
Conclusion
Endnote
Investments
Introduction
Evolution of Screening for Social and Environmental Responsibility
The Relationship between Environmental and Financial Performance
Measures of Environmental Management
Measures of Environmental Expenditures
Sources of Information
Performance of Environmentally Screened Funds
Variation in Research Results
Definition and Measurement
Data Selection
Analytical Approaches
Financial Measures
Socially Responsible Investment Portfolio Performance Ratings
Institutional Portfolio Managers
Shareholder Activism
Pension Funds
Mutual Funds
Corporate Perspective on Shareholder Activism
Environmental Products in Fund Management
Environmental Research and Rating Organizations
Liability Systems
Compliance Systems
Environmental and Social Strategic Systems
Weightings
Investable Indexes
Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
FTSE4Good
Conclusion
Endnotes
Web Sites
Climate Change and Financial Vulnerability
Introduction
Accepting Climate Change as a Real Phenomenon
Physical Impacts of Climate Change
Vulnerability by Economic Sector
Anticipating Human Response to Climate Change
Critical Factors in Human Response to Climate Change
The Future of the Kyoto Convention
Taxes on Energy and Carbon Emissions
Trading Credits for Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduction
Other Flexible Mechanisms
Commitment from Developing Countries
Conclusion
Web Sites
Environmental Reporting and Verification
Introduction
Trends in Environmental Reporting
Main Types of Environmental Reporting
Involuntary Reporting
Self-Regulation and Voluntary Reporting
Mandated Reporting
Pollution Release and Transfer Registers
North America
Europe
Asia-Pacific
Accounting Profession and Security Regulators
Accounting Disclosure Requirements
Securities and Exchange Commission
Environmental Reporting from the Preparer's Perspective
Environmental Reporting from the User's Perspective
Progress in Environmental Reporting
Environmental Measurements and Benchmarking
Verification of Environmental Performance and Reporting
Emergence of Internet-Based Environmental Reporting
The Global Reporting Initiative
Alan Willis, Invited Author's Comment
Conclusion
Web Sites
Strategies for Managing Environmental Change
Introduction
Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets: Rationale, Types, and Methods
Green Housekeeping
Environmental Reporting
Global Monitoring
Climate Change Programs
National Carbon Reduction Initiatives
Government/Private Sector Climate Change Initiatives
Private Sector Initiatives
New Weather-Related Products
Catastrophe Bonds and Swaps
Weather Derivatives
Trading Pollution Reduction Credits
Conclusion
Endnotes
Web Sites
The Way Ahead
Introduction
Business and Environmental Change: What's New?
The New Paradigm
Data Quality
Leadership
Environmental Change: From Challenge to Opportunity
The Environmental Learning Curve: Redefining Success
Appendix A
UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment and Sustainable Development
List of Signatories to the UNEP Statement by Financial Institutions on the Environment and Sustainable Development
UNEP Statement of Environmental Commitment by the Insurance Industry
Status of the UNEP Statement of Environmental Commitment by the Insurance Industry
Appendix B
Appendix C
Acronyms
References
Index

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