SPDR’s Climate Paris Aligned equity ETFs track leading MSCI indices and are designed to allow investors to meet their climate objectives now and into the future by decarbonizing their portfolios swiftly, effectively and cost-efficiently.
The political will to act on climate is increasing. In 2021, the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26) reaffirmed the 2016 Paris Agreement goal to limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C. COP26 also pledged to further cut CO2 emissions among other climate-friendly actions.
Despite this progress, listed companies are putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate that threatens to make the world 3°C warmer — double the warming for the worst effects of climate change.1
Yet, a confluence of factors continues to put pressure on companies to address climate, driving change across the investment landscape, including:
Regulation and Policy: The Paris Climate Agreement may be the catalyst for governments to speed up climate-aligned policies. The 196 countries that signed the treaty to cut carbon emissions are legally obliged to pursue regulations to help meet their responsibilities.
Increasing Climate Consciousness: Investors who are seeking to mitigate climate risk and to invest in climate solutions may drive demand for more ESG education, guidance, solutions and analytics.
Stakeholder Pressure: Corporate boards, employees, customers and investors are using their voice, vote and dollars to compel companies and organizations to address climate risks and opportunities. For example, activist investors have secured seats on Exxon Mobil’s Board.2
Global Pledges: Asset owners, asset managers and investor initiatives are aligning efforts to take action on addressing climate change, including:
Investors have an opportunity to play a role in the reduction in global warming through decarbonization of their portfolios. Underscoring the momentum toward broad adoption of climate investing, in our recent investment survey, 61% of North American investors said that they would implement decarbonization targets within three years.3
Climate ETFs provide an efficient vehicle for investors who are looking to take action.
MSCI, a leader in climate data — and the provider of the indices tracked by our new climate ETFs — may help investors meet their decarbonization goals with confidence.
MSCI has been a pioneer in carbon and climate change analysis since 1990. The company is a leader in climate data and analytics and an acknowledged authority in climate indices (#1 Climate Index Provider by Equity Assets Linked to its Climate Indexes).4
MSCI Climate Paris Aligned Indices are designed as alternatives to familiar, broad equity benchmarks. This is designed to enable clients to decarbonize their portfolios quickly and cost-effectively without the need for extensive research and portfolio analysis.
Paris Aligned Benchmarks (PABs) were first introduced in 2019 as tools to accompany the transition to a low carbon economy by the Technical Expert Group of the European Commission. These indices are intended to help reallocate capital toward a low carbon and climate resilient global economy.
PABs require a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared with a parent index in year one, then a 7% year-on-year reduction of GHG emissions relative to the fund itself.
MSCI’s Climate Paris Aligned Indices are designed to meet and exceed the EU Paris Aligned benchmark requirements, seeking to decarbonize at an annual rate of 10% to ensure a temperature aligned with 1.5°C (“self-decarbonization”).
The indices have a number of exclusions, including:
The indices employ an optimization process that seeks to improve the climate profile of their respective parent indices by minimizing exposure to the physical and transition risks of climate change, increasing exposure to sustainable (or green) investment opportunities and aligning to 1.5°C — while maintaining a modest tracking error relative to the parent index and offering low turnover.
The four climate objectives — transition risk, 1.5 °C alignment, green opportunity, and physical risk — are explained below.
The information contained above is for illustrative purposes only.
The indices are rebalanced following semi-annual reviews in May and November each year, at which point they must adhere to 50% reduction in carbon emissions and continued decarbonization.
The indices are aligned with TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) recommendations, with a substantially reduced carbon footprint (including Scope 3 product and supply-chain emissions). The weights of companies with substantiated reduction targets are elevated and there is a reduction on physical climate risk exposure (based on the MSCI Climate Value-at-Risk model).
SPDR ETFs are sponsored by State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of State Street, a structure aﬀording us a heritage of sustainability and signiﬁcant resource to respond to client needs. Across our leading investment servicing, management, research and analytics capabilities, State Street is committed to helping investors understand the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues that aﬀect the value of their portfolios. We further show our commitment to sustainability as a signatory to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, through global environmental goals and incorporation of ESG into the board charter at the corporate level.
As we witness the structural shift in our economies from tangible to intangible value drivers, we recognize that ESG considerations are becoming more important factors for companies and the way they are valued as well as for investors. At State Street Global Advisors, we are committed to combining our ﬁnancial data and analytics capabilities with our investment practitioner perspective to create a new generation of ESG solutions. We provide leading research, analytics and advisory for investors’ ESG needs across asset classes and investment styles.
We believe our asset stewardship activities and ESG scoring model are diﬀerentiating activities in the ﬁnancial world. As a ﬁrm, State Street Global Advisors looks to lead by example and has signed up to reduce carbon emissions — this includes joining the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative in April 2021 to ensure our portfolios reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner and set interim targets for 2030.
State Street Global Advisors also has a long history of active asset stewardship and, since 2014, a key focus has been climate change. In 2022, our main board engagement focus is to support the acceleration of the systemic transformations underway in climate change and the diversity of boards and workforces.5 For SPDR, this means that we are not just an indexed investment provider, but that we actively engage with the companies held in our funds to use our voting rights as a lever to eﬀect positive change.
1MSCI, The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker, October 2021.
2Matt Phillips, Exxon’s Board Defeat Signals the Rise of Social-Good Activists, The New York Times, June 9, 2021.
3The World Targets Change: How Investors’ Global Focus on Carbon is Set to Alter the Game, November 2021. https://www.ssga.com/us/en/intermediary/etfs/insights/the-world-targets-change.
4MSCI, as of December 31, 2021.
5CEOs Letter on Our 2022 Proxy Voting Agenda, State Street Global Advisors, January 22, 2022.
Designed to provide a forward-looking assessment of the impacts of climate change on a company's valuation based on the global average temperature under a 1.5 degree Celsius warming scenario compared to pre-industrial levels.
Measures a company's Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions relative to its enterprise value including cash.
High Impact Climate Sectors
Defined by EU BMR as those sectors that are key to the low-carbon transition.
Low Carbon Transition Score
Seeks to identify a company's exposure to and management of risk and opportunities related to low carbon transition.
Means that the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions being emitted should be lower than or equal to the total GHG emissions being removed or absorbed (ie, no positive emissions). On a net basis, no additional emissions should be released into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The Paris Agreement
A binding international treaty on climate change whose goal is to limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius (preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius) above pre-industrial levels.
Risks attributable to the physical impacts of climate change on companies’ operations as a result of extreme weather events like wildfires, storms and flooding.
Potential Emissions Intensity
Represents the sum of a company's estimated carbon emissions assuming the company uses its owned coal, oil and gas reserves relative to the company's enterprise value including cash.
Scope 1 Emissions
Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that occur from sources that are controlled or owned by an organization.
Scope 2 Emissions
Indirect GHG emissions generated in the production of electricity consumed by the organization.
Scope 3 Emissions
All other indirect GHG emissions that are a consequence of the activities of the organization, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the organization.
Risks with the transition to a low-carbon economy and may include policy and regulatory risks, technological risks, as well as supply and demand risks in certain sectors.
Weighted Average Green Revenue
Represents the weighted average of index constituents' percentage of revenue derived from alternative energy, energy efficiency, sustainable water, green building, pollution prevention, and sustainable agriculture.
Weighted Average Fossil Fuel-Based Revenue
Represents the weighted average of index constituents' percentage of revenue derived from the mining of thermal coal (excluding metallurgical coal, coal mined for internal power generation, intra-company sales of mined thermal coal and revenue from coal trading) or its sale to external parties, extraction, production and refining of conventional and unconventional oil and gas, and power generation based on thermal coal, liquid fuel, and natural gas.
The views expressed in this material are the views of SPDR Equity ETF Strategy through the period ended April 11, 2022, and are subject to change based on market and other conditions. This document contains certain statements that may be deemed forward-looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected.
This communication is not intended to be an investment recommendation or investment advice and should not be relied upon as such.
Prior to 04/22/2022, the SPDR MSCI ACWI Climate Paris Aligned ETF (NZAC) was known as the SPDR MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target ETF (LOWC).
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