27 Jun 2017 Carbon Emissions Report
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that exerts a major influence on the planet’s temperature.
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Genus Fossil Free CanGlobe Equity Fund and Genus Fossil Free Dividend Fund, part of the climate-friendly Genus Fossil Free funds, both have carbon intensities that are more than four times lower than their benchmark.
Canada’s market is carbon intense
Canada has significantly higher carbon intensity than other developed markets, with an intensity that is more than double that of the U.S. market.
Reduce the carbon impact of your portfolio
Divesting from fossil fuels and reinvesting your money into cleaner and more efficient energy solutions is one effective strategy to reduce carbon emissions and help mitigate portfolio risk.
We believe fossil fuel divestment has the potential to reduce overall portfolio risk due to potential energy sector volatility, the negative effect of carbon emissions and stranded asset risk.
The Carbon Emissions Report studied the investment implications of removing the top carbon emitters. Our research examined the seven-year period from January 2010 to March 31, 2017, based on MSCI Carbon Metric data. We tested a hypothetical portfolio with historical data where we bought the top 10 per cent of carbon emitters and sold short the bottom 10 per cent of carbon emitters. We also used statistical methods to isolate the carbon intensity variable and see its effect on performance.