ESG, Recycling, & Climate | Weekly Thematic

Are the ESG Investors & Activists Shooting Themselves In the Foot?
May 3, 2023
Products Mentioned:
Hydrogen, Ammonia, Autos/EVs, Electric Power, Recycled Plastics, PET, Renewable Fuels, Fertilizer, Batteries, Methanol, Water
Companies Mentioned:
bp, Shell, TotalEnergies, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Ford, GM, ADNOC, LSB, CF Industries, Nutrien, Marathon Petroleum, Energy Transfer, Enterprise Products, Eastman, LyondellBasell, Origin Materials, Sealed Air, Unilever, P&G, S.C. Johnson, Air Liquide, Linde, Neste, Sunpower, DuPont
Subjects Covered:
Recycling, Renewables, Carbon Capture, Emissions, New Energy, The Hydrogen Economy, ESG Investing, Climate Litigation, Clean Fuels

C-MACC Weekly “CRETER” (Climate etc.)

Are the ESG Investors & Activists Shooting Themselves In the Foot?

  • If European investors lose faith in ESG investing, there is a long way down given assets under management – activists and changing rules/regulations pose issues.
  • The shareholders attacking bp, Shell, and TotalEnergies are insisting on behavior that all evidence shows is not in the best financial interest of those shareholders.
  • The ESG rating companies and fund oversight within the EU change rankings, ratings, and gradings too frequently; suggesting a lack of oversight or competence.
  • We note the much higher level of declarations than actions among companies and governments still, cost is an issue, as is incentive uncertainty in the US.
  • Otherwise, we look at difficult recycling economics, how cheap ammonia may delay projects, the rising price of electric power, and the change coming in autos.

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