Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Assessments and CCS

16th October 2020

Topic(s): Environmental social and governance (ESG)

At the request of the US Department of Energy, The Global CCS Institute undertook an examination of the significance and the extent of the influence of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings in supporting investment in CCS project deployment.

The objective of this study was to consider the following five questions:

  • How does a company’s ESG rating impact the company?
  • How does a company’s CO2 footprint or exposure impact its ESG rating?
  • How is CCS considered when the ESG performance of a company with a large CO2 footprint or exposure is rated?
  • Do the positive impacts of CCS (if any) on a company’s ESG rating support the business case for investing in or financing CCS?
  • How does climate litigation and public policy impact corporate risk and ESG ratings?

The resulting assessment addressed each of these questions, to provide a clearer picture of the complex relationship between the development and scope of ESG ratings, the impacts of a company’s ESG performance and ultimately, whether this will influence future investment in CCS.


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