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Clean 200™ 2018 Q3 Update: Investing in a Clean Energy Future

We launched the Carbon Clean 200 in August 2016 and have updated it every six months to test a model looking at 200 global companies defining the "clean energy future."

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The End of the Line

Methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain are a major climate concern. This paper focuses on the practices that natural gas distribution companies—the entities at the end of the natural gas supply line—can implement to reduce methane emissions.

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Clean 200™ 2018 Q1 Update: Investing in a Clean Energy Future

We launched the Carbon Clean 200 in August 2016 and have updated it every six months to test a model looking at 200 global companies defining the "clean energy future."

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Disclosing the Facts 2017

Disclosing the Facts 2017 reports reflects rising investor concern that excessive methane emissions from oil and gas companies will undercut the potential benefits of substituting natural gas for coal in electric power generation, en route to a less fossil-fuel dependent energy future. Investors believe that oil and gas companies are not taking sufficient steps to address methane risks.

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Disclosing the Facts 2016: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

While the coal industry used its recent setbacks as an opportunity to shuck off environmental responsibilities, 20 of 28 oil and gas companies engaged in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) actually improved their scores in an annual investor report card ranking the companies on how they report their policies to reduce risks from fracking operations. Even so, much work remains to be done, with seven out of 10 fracking companies still earning failing scores.

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Unconventional Risks: the Growing Uncertainty of Oil Investments

Energy markets are undergoing a fundamental transition as the world moves toward a low carbon, clean energy economy. What does this transition mean for the future of the oil industry, including majors like Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, ConocoPhillips, and BP? Are there similarities between changing oil market fundamentals and those causing the recent collapse of the U.S. coal industry?

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Disclosing the Facts 2015: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

Disclosing the Facts 2015 is the fourth in a series of investor reports intended to promote improved operating practices among oil and gas companies engaged in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing operations often use toxic chemicals and high volumes of water, release significant levels of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and have the potential to adversely impact local communities when not properly managed. These issues translate into financial risks to companies and shareholders in the form of fines, regulations, or threats to companies’ social license to operate.

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Disclosing the Facts 2014: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

Disclosing the Facts 2014: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations, an update to our 2013 report analyzing whether companies report their practices and progress in reducing risks of their hydraulic fracturing operations, was released today by As You Sow, Boston Common Asset Management, Green Century Capital Management, and the Investor Environmental Health Network.

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Disclosing the Facts 2013: Transparency and Risk in Hydraulic Fracturing Operations

Companies across the board are failing to report reductions of their impacts on communities and the environment from hydraulic fracturing.

The oil & gas production industry is consistently failing to report measurable reductions of its impacts on communities and the environment from hydraulic fracturing operations, according to a scorecard report released by As You Sow, Boston Common Asset Management, Green Century Capital Management, and the Investor Environmental Health Network.

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CleanTech Redefined

After years in development, cleantech is now going mainstream. Cleantech infrastructure, technology and services are revolutionizing how we make, grow, transport and consume things. They’re helping the world meet energy demands. They’re creating livelihoods and prosperity in uncertain economies. Is there still time for investors to make good returns in cleantech? Yes. Here’s why.

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The Coal Divestment Toolkit: Moving Endowments Beyond Coal

Divestment is the process of selling an asset for either financial or social goals.i Divestment is a powerful way to take a stand against companies involved in an activity that is morally reprehensible. This strategy has been used to send a strong message and to force change in corporate policies and governance. Through divestment campaigns, shareholders (the people and organizations that own corporate stock) take responsibility for the actions of the companies they own and demand change or sell their shares.

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    Clean & Green: Best Practices in Photovoltaics

    This report presents, in non-scientific language, the process of manufacturing PV panels, the risks involved, and how companies mitigate those risks. It focuses on practices and policies companies use to mitigate risks from hazardous compounds, reduce environmental impact, and responsibly manage their supply chains.

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      Update: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal

      As You Sow’s Update to the White Paper provides a snapshot of the current trends underlying five financial risks for investments in coal: for mining companies, they are driving shifts in generator demand away from coal; for electric utilities, they are making “cheap coal” costly compared to other generating options or increased efficiency.

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        White Paper: Financial Risks of Investments in Coal

        The White Paper demonstrates that these risks combine to make current and future investments in coal-dependent utilities and coal mining companies exceedingly precarious.

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