Sustainability, Energy Transition, ESG | Weekly Thematic

Lawyer Up: With ESG Initiatives Losing Steam, Enter The Lawyers
June 7, 2023
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Companies Mentioned:
Norges, Shell, bp, TotalEnergies, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Petronas, LyondellBasell, CP Chem, Technip, BASF, Dow, SABIC, Linde, Borealis, Versalis, Eastman, Indorama, Corbios, Mars, The Absolute Company, Nucor, Aemetis, Tesla, Ford

C-MACC Weekly “CRETER” (Climate etc.)

Lawyer Up: With ESG Initiatives Losing Steam, Enter the Lawyers

  • As we watch the “anti-woke” lobby in the US cause investors to step back from the responsibility they should never have wanted in the first place; enter litigation.
  • Asset Managers should not be the drivers of policy or policy compliance – their job is to best serve the needs of their clients, and making money comes first.
  • Idealist shareholders will always be outnumbered, and activists and NGOs that want climate action will logically turn to the courts if governments let them down.
  • Separately we look at electric ethylene, cheaper than carbon abatement in some parts of Europe but still likely at the top of the cost curve without cheap power.
  • Otherwise, we question French PET recycling, the limits of pyrolysis, the benefits of CCS scale in the US, crazy solar investments, and some carbon trading.

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