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Scientific Beta to offer off-the-shelf Low Carbon option for its flagship multi-smart-factor indices


Smart beta index provider Scientific Beta has launched a Low Carbon option on all of its flagship multi-smart-factor indices.

The Low Carbon option includes a positive filter targeting companies with high carbon intensity, which leads to considerably reducing the indirect contribution to climate change of investment (the financed emissions) and which encourages transition to a low carbon economy; it also reduces exposure to the risks of this transition.
The Low Carbon option also excludes companies that fall severely short of global standards of responsible business conduct and are involved in activities that conflict with global ESG norms, because it would seem inconsistent to focus on the fate of the planet and not of the people who live on it.
Scientific Beta’s ESG Director, Frederic Ducoulombier, says, “The Low Carbon option is now a very important fiduciary choice for investors. Scientific Beta’s Low Carbon indices have financial risk/reward characteristics that are closely aligned with our standard smart factor indices, i.e. capable of delivering outperformance, through exposure to scientifically-validated risk premia and the reduction of specific, unrewarded risks, but with the additional benefit of a 50% reduction in weighted average carbon intensity over the last ten years and tangible improvements in other measures of risks related to the transition towards a low carbon economy.”

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