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FTSE Russell's New Data Model Tracks Ratio of Companies' 'Green Revenues' to Total Revenues

Global index and data provider FTSE Russell today announced the launch of its LCE data model, which measures the “green” revenues of 13,400 public companies, representing 98.5 percent of total global market capitalization. Revenues from a broad range of large, mid- and small capitalization companies in 48 developed and emerging markets are mapped to 60 new green industrial subsectors, with FTSE Russell assigning each company in the model a low-carbon industrial indicator (LOWCII) factor, representing the ratio of its green revenues to its total revenues.

Existing sustainability models are limited to tracking traditional ESG measures or focus on excluding hydrocarbon producers or heavy CO2 emitters from portfolios. FTSE Russell’s Green Revenues framework, based on the LCE data model, allows users to track revenues from goods, products and services that help the world to adapt to, mitigate or remediate the impact of climate change, resource depletion or environmental erosion.

"FTSE Russell has long been a pioneer in the development of ESG benchmarking tools. As such, we identified a significant gap in the ability of portfolio managers to track exposure to the increasing shift towards a green economy,” said Mark Makepeace, Chief Executive of FTSE Russell. “We calculate that the green opportunity is equitable in size to emerging markets and the launch of our green revenue data model, and related indexes, provides the missing piece for investors, with a framework that captures the full picture of their green revenue exposure for the first time.”

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More than 2,400 public companies in the LCE data model already generate green revenues from one or more of the 60 green industries. The model shows large cap companies increasingly involved in the delivery of green goods, products and services. Analysis of the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (FTSE GEIS) shows that nearly 7.2 percent ($2.9 trillion) of the index value is derived from green revenues, compared to 8.3 percent ($3.5 trillion) from Emerging Markets. Of the 7,711 companies in FTSE GEIS, more than 1,880, or 24 percent, already have some exposure to green revenues, and this has been increasing steadily over the last seven years.

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FTSE Russell has developed a Green Revenues Index Series based on the new LCE data model, which is designed to provide investors with indexes capturing managed exposure to companies engaged in the transition on a country, regional or global basis. The initial ten indexes will cover the key FTSE and Russell universes, including the Russell 1000® and 2000®; the FTSE All World, developed and emerging indexes; the FTSE All Share in the UK; and the FTSE China Index Series. The indexes will also provide the basis for a series of exchange-traded products.

By incorporating this measure of green revenue exposure, FTSE Russell’s framework provides the first complete picture of the scale and velocity of the structural shift to a green economy across public companies. The model provides the missing dimension of the green transition, providing portfolio managers, research analysts and product managers with consistent, transparent data to track green revenue exposure and support their investment in companies that stand to benefit from the increasing shift in the global economy.

"As long-term investors, it’s critical for pension plans like CalSTRS to understand the implications of major macroeconomic changes to our portfolio of investments. The industrial makeup of the global economy is shifting as companies develop new products that provide solutions to the environmental challenges such as climate change,” said Jack Ehnes, CEO of CalSTRS and Chairman of the FTSE Environmental Markets Committee. “The new LCE dataset is an important aspect as it provides the ability to measure and understand these changes at a company or a portfolio level.”

The new indexes complement the pioneering FTSE Environmental Markets Index Series, which FTSE launched in 2008 in partnership with Impax Asset Management. Impax will continue to support FTSE Russell as an expert partner advising on the new and expanded service capability.‎

“FTSE Russell’s Green Revenues Index Series and data model offers a unique and potentially powerful new way of assisting investors switch capital towards companies walking the talk in terms of green products, goods and services,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). “The long-term success of the Paris climate agreement will hinge on the greening of trillions of dollars of investment over the coming years and decades. Initiatives like this can, if widely used, play a real role in assisting asset managers and owners to accelerate the necessary transition to a green economy.”


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