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Exxon Announcement Likely to Increase Scrutiny on Net Zero Ambitions

Exxon. The mere mention of the name elicits opposite emotions. There are those who believe that fossil fuels are a necessity for future economic prosperity, and those who believe that they need to stay in the ground. Last week, the company announced a net zero ambition[1] that was quickly panned by those who are working

Net Zero: Great Unifier and Energy Transition Facilitator

For years, asset owners have been divided on the most effective decarbonization strategy: some have favored shareholder engagement, while others have opted for fossil fuel divestment. Indeed, we at FFI Solutions have felt this division since 2014, when activists adopted our Carbon Underground 200 (CU200) exclusionary screen as a standard for being fossil free. For

A Note of Gratitude

Dear friends, This week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, a day that marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. In the spirit of the moment, we’d like to express our gratitude to all of you for your ongoing interest in our work. 2021 has undoubtedly been a challenging year for all of

Our Take on COP26

COP26 is right around the corner. The scientific consensus has become increasingly clear: in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, society must act urgently to decarbonize the global economy and to transition the energy and transportation sectors from fossil fuels to clean energy. At FFI, we believe that this transition will happen,

Some Reflections on the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report

This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body devoted to assessing the science behind human-induced climate change, released its Sixth Assessment  Report; the news coverage about it has been hard to miss. The release of the report comes as the effects of wildfires and extreme weather are wreaking havoc in every

Net-Zero Portfolios: 10 Frequently-Asked Questions

In Brief Over the past year, we have had many in-depth discussions with a wide range of institutional investors and other stakeholders about transitioning to more sustainable investment portfolios. As the interest and adoption of sustainable investing continues to grow, so too has the focus on climate change and the quest for achieving global net-zero

The Role of Investors in the Race to Net Zero

What net zero exactly means for investors is still evolving. As an organization, FFI believes that net zero is more of a philosophy than a standard.

Earth Day 2021, Net Zero, and the Energy Transition

The theme of Earth Day 2021 is Restore Our EarthTM. According to the event organizers, this theme “focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems” and “rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate change.” As a company that devises solutions

The Value of Shorts in a Responsible Investment Strategy

GameStop. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect name, and metaphor, for a company used by wallstreetbets, the subreddit group, to “game” the financial system and make a run at “fortress Wall Street”. This community of traders drove up GameStop’s stock price, not primarily out of a sentimental love for this brick-and-mortar retailer, but most

What a Biden White House Means for Clean Energy and the Oil Industry

Much has been written about the potential impact of a Biden/Harris electoral victory on the economy, and specifically on how President-elect Biden’s US climate policy may impact market returns. We know what he has stated as major policy goals: rejoin the Paris climate agreement, and collaborate with the (G7) nations, once again securing a US

Back to School, Or Not: COVID-19 as a Disruptor to the Management of University Endowments

Even as disruptions go, COVID-19 is a monumental one. The pandemic has compelled society to reexamine the fundamental ways in which we live, work and, importantly, educate our young people. Yet as college and university students return to class this fall, some from the confines of their dormitories and others from their hometowns, there is another significant change occurring elsewhere on campus. College and university endowments are incrementally incorporating sustainable investing strategies into their endowment management.

If You See Something, Say Something – then Do Something

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we’re a financial services company that is addressing climate change by guiding investors through the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. We’re a small company without a large platform, and some might say that we should “stay in our lane” when it comes

For Earth Day, Some Thoughts on COVID-19 and the Energy Transition

The Overall Picture The 50th anniversary of Earth Day comes at a pivotal time for the climate movement. The coronavirus crisis has slowed economic activity to a crawl, and this slowing applies to the energy industry, as well. In the face of great uncertainty, we are seeing attempts by fossil fuel advocates to opportunistically advance

Glimpses of the “New Normal”

“Work from home.” That’s the new directive from schools and businesses. Before the Coronavirus crisis, working from home was part of a normal day for me. But these days are anything but normal. For the foreseeable future, my kids (one in college and one in high school) will be in the house taking their remaining courses

What the Energy Transition Means for Investors

Coal, oil and natural gas have been the dominant energy sources powering the global economy for the last 100 years. But the energy landscape is changing quickly–and not only because of government policies designed to curb climate change. Rather, technological advances over the last decade have helped make the cost of renewables competitive with fossil

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