The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa, demonstrates that carbon emissions and climate change are not the only sustainability threats, says Monika Freyman, CFA. Water concerns already affect investors' bottom lines as well as future risks to their top lines.
The environment's margin of safety is narrowing with each uptick in global temperatures. This will translate into greater effects on investor portfolios. It is the job of the investment manager to cushion against those risks while still seeking profitable opportunities.
The authors analyze environmental commodity markets and how they can attract investments, focusing on the application of market-based instruments to incentivize the behavior and change needed to deliver environmental quality and mitigate environmental risk. This book can be read linearly, chapter by chapter, or it can be used by fund managers, regulatory investors, and green-finance experts as a reference to gain valuable insights into how to manage carbon markets.
Environmental changes, population growth, contamination, and aging infrastructure are all contributing to water shortages. Solving such problems will require input from the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. By targeting water initiatives, investors may find secular growth in municipal bonds, public and private company shareholdings, and exchange-traded funds.
No word resonates more with investment professionals than "risk," and climate change is becoming the risk of the 21st century. As the threats posed to financial markets by climate change are understood with greater clarity, some investors seem to be taking note.
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