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Northern Trust introduces environmental emission analytics


Northern Trust is offering environmental emission analytics to enable institutional investors and high net worth individuals to measure the carbon footprint of their investments.

These new capabilities form part of Northern Trust’s existing suite of investment risk and performance analytics solutions.
The latest enhancement comes at a time of heightened awareness of the effects of carbon emissions on the environment, particularly as governments worldwide implement taxes and regulation on emissions.

“Increasingly, we are seeing investors turn their attention towards measures that attempt to accurately attribute environmental impact as an extension to established performance and risk analytics,” says Peter Holman, head of client servicing for institutional investors in EMEA, at Northern Trust. “But the ability to accurately assess the carbon footprint of a portfolio is largely constrained by the lack of consistent or comprehensive environmental data disclosed by companies.”
Northern Trust provides clients with environmental analytics based on data from Trucost through the Style Research Portfolio Analyzer. Trucost, which was established to help organisations, investors and governments understand the environmental impact of business activities in financial terms, claims to hold the world’s most comprehensive database on corporate greenhouse gas emissions.
“By combining the analytics received through Trucost’s methodology with Northern Trust’s existing performance and analytics capabilities, we provide consolidated information to clients, enabling them to compare the carbon footprints of their managers alongside more traditional risk metrics and style analyses,” says Ian Castledine, global head of investment risk product for asset servicing at Northern Trust.

“Using our integrated environmental analytics solution, trustees can make comparisons between funds and individual managers, and improve communications on environmental performance with stakeholders and regulatory bodies. This may ultimately result in a reduced environmental impact of their investments, without sacrificing financial performance.”

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