EDHEC Risk Institute has been conducting research for several years on the possibility of reconciling financial and environmental performance. The launch of a new series of low carbon indices by ERI Scientific Beta, the smart beta index provider set up by EDHEC Risk Institute in 2012, marks the practical realisation of these research efforts and represents an important moment for responsible finance, because the results of the research undertaken will provide institutional investors with smart beta indices that can reduce the carbon footprint of their equity investments by more than 80%, while at the same time outperforming traditional market indices and being able to create more than 50% additional value in the medium term.
EDHEC Risk Institute's approach can be distinguished from numerous approaches that, over the long term, hope to outperform the stock markets through the higher returns of shares in firms that have a better carbon footprint, because these firms are supposedly less affected by the increasing cost of fossil fuels and the tons of carbon emitted, but that, in the short and medium term, aim to produce performance that is fairly similar to that of traditional stock market indices.
•Topics covered include:
•The limits of green stock picking
•How to perform financially whilst reducing the carbon footprint
•Presentation of Scientific Beta Low Carbon Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy Indices
Why should investors care about carbon risk? What range of products are available to mitigate carbon risks? What are the advantages of using low carbon indices? How does their performance compare to mainstream benchmarks?
Join STOXX, CDP and Southpole for a discussion on these and other relevant questions.
Established CO2 capture technologies such as absorption with amine solvents are associated with significant energetic and economic penalties, reducing power plant efficiency by around 10% points and increasing the cost of electricity production by up to 80%. Dedicated research programmes worldwide have pursued the development of a wide range of innovative, alternative technologies for CO2 capture, largely by addressing the fundamental gas separation step at the heart of post-combustion, pre-combustion or oxyfuel combustion processes. Novel solvents with lower energy requirements than conventional amines, using phase change systems, ionic liquids, enzyme-activation, or non-aqueous solvents, are promising approaches for post-combustion capture. Alternatively, techniques used in other commercial gas separations, including solid sorbents, membranes, and cryogenic separation, have also been developed for carbon capture through extensive materials research and process optimisation. Whilst challenging for post-combustion capture applications, these techniques may be of particular benefit to pre-combustion capture systems where much higher partial pressures of CO2 are available, and integration of the CO2 capture step and water gas shift reaction can be achieved using sorbents or membranes. In oxyfuel combustion, membranes are also an option for efficient oxygen production, but pressurised combustion systems have demonstrated the most potential for efficiency improvements, potentially in combination with novel power cycles which are better-suited to exploiting the altered combustion conditions. Finally, chemical looping combustion is a unique approach to carbon capture which can achieve dramatic energy savings through its inherent avoidance of any gas separation step, and is undergoing significant scale up. This webinar will review these developments in novel capture technologies and highlight the most promising strategies for achieving major cost reductions.Read more >
As the global economy copes with the unpredictable challenges of climate change, institutional investors are exploring the potential impact of these changes on financial assets. With recent announcements by the Financial Stability Board in Basel and the Bank of England to examine the risks posed by ‘Stranded Assets’, more investors are calculating their exposure to high carbon assets and looking for ways to diversify into low or no carbon alternatives.
There are a growing number of options available to institutional investors. Some Asset Owners have announced plans to divest from high carbon assets, while others have looked to low carbon indexes which either exclude or reweight exposure to carbon-intensive companies while limiting short-term risk against the benchmark. We invite you to join a discussion with leading experts to examine the extent to which asset owners feel they are exposed to climate risk; the role of asset managers to encourage good practice when addressing climate change and carbon risk and how asset managers can effectively implement a low carbon strategy through index funds.
The ODCA worked with members to execute proof-of-concept (PoC) testing to investigate and validate the ODCA Usage Model: Carbon Footprint and Energy Efficiency. This panel discussion with the PoC authors will give an in-depth look at the test results and provide an opportunity to ask questions.
The Carbon Footprint and Energy Efficiency usage model describes a framework for determining the overall carbon footprint associated with cloud services. The combination of this framework and the ODCA Usage: Standard Units of Measure for IaaS provides enterprises a standard, verifiable method to measure and assess the amount of CO2 created as a by-product of their data center operations.
Presenters are: Pankaj Fichadia from National Australia Bank, Tate Cantrell from Verne Global, Michael Parks and Richard Dolan from Datapipe and Ian Lamont from BMW Group.
This webinar is set to debunk the myths and explain the realities of one of the biggest buzz words of recent times – Sustainability.
What does it really mean? Does it cost money? What do you have to do to be sustainable? Am I being forced to be sustainable or are there really benefits to me and my business?
These are the issues that will be dealt with during the “Maximising the benefits of carbon management” webinar that is being run by Schneider Electric Professional Services on June 11, 2013.
Three of their top experts will explain Sustainability Strategies and Climate Change Policy; Sustainability and Energy Reporting; and Sustainability Resourcing.
In one hour they will show how you can easily become legislation compliant, while improving performance, and not having to spend large amounts of money.
There will also be opportunities to put direct questions to the panel to gain further insight.
Sustainability Strategies and Climate Change Policy
Russell Monkman – Head of Compliance Services, Schneider Electric – Professional Services
- Regulatory landscape – CCA, CRC, EU-ETS, ISO50001
- Strategic approach to legislation and your long-term sustainability challenges
- Benefits of a proactive approach
Sustainability and Energy Reporting
Andy Dewis – Sustainability Director, Schneider Electric – Professional Services
- Customise your experience
- Know your spend & usage
- Track performance
- Manage projects & scenarios
- Control your environmental impact
- Monitor the markets
Adam Pigott - Head of Resource Efficiency, Schneider Electric – Professional Services
- Reducing resource cost doesn't have to equate to spending lots of money
- Importance and benefits of continuous improvement
After years of talking about it, companies are finally ready to begin the process of replacing traditional antivirus software. Next-generation antivirus vendors claim to protect endpoints from modern threats like PowerShell attacks and obfuscated malware with much higher effectiveness. But what exactly makes an antivirus product “next-generation”?
This webcast led by Ben Johnson, Chief Security Strategist at Carbon Black, will dive into the technology behind next-generation antivirus so that IT and security teams can cut through the noise and properly evaluate the next wave of solutions.
In this webcast you will learn:
•What distinguishes next-gen antivirus from traditional antivirus
•How technology behind next-gen antivirus works to stop modern threats
•How to overcome the challenges customers face replacing traditional antivirus
•Establishing a “side-by-side” strategy for moving to a next-generation antivirus solution
Robert Davidson describes post-combustion, precombustion, oxyfuel and hybrid carbon capture systemsRead more >
One of the most powerful tools attackers use today is PowerShell.
Join (ISC)² EMEA's Managing Director Adrian Davis and Jason Garman, Principal Software Architect at Carbon Black, who will explain 3 ways attackers use PowerShell in order to perform actions on objectives, dump credentials, and move laterally through target networks. This webinar will also cover methods and a live demo to show how the risk of PowerShell-leveraged attacks can be mitigated through prevention and detection. Attendees will learn the basics of PowerShell, how attackers leverage tools like PowerShell to “live off the land”, and receive real-world tips on how to identify potentially malicious PowerShell activity on their networks.
It's now widely recognized that traditional security solutions are insufficient to protect organizations from advanced threats and targeted attacks. To fight back you need your own unified plan of attack so that you can better sense malicious activity and take preventive action that will crush attackers and keep your environment safe
Join Brett Williams, Senior Security Engineer for Carbon Black on March 23, 2016 at 1PM (GMT+8; Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing) for an overview of how organizations are moving from a passive to proactive defense on the end point.
This webinar will cover:
* End point security challenges organizations face today
* Why using a trusted security model on the endpoint is essential
* The importance of choosing the right solution and integration with your existing security investments
* Example of Ransomware detection and protection using proactive defense.
* Best practices learned from successful deployments
With renewable electricity now attracting a premium, why should businesses pay more for it? Join our webinar to learn about how to report lower carbon emissions and demonstrate your environmental commitments by opting for a renewable supply. Our sustainability experts will explain GreenHouse Gas Protocol Scope 2 carbon reporting which enables you to report the emissions of your specific tariff – making it crucial to know where your renewable electricity comes from. We will also talk about measures being introduced to improve transparency around renewables and associated carbon emissions, to make it easier for businesses to buy renewable electricity and know they are getting the full benefits from their choices.Read more >
A layered defense has been the security mantra of the decade but we continue to see bruises and losses from cyber battles across the financial service industry, which has become a favorite target for cyber criminals. Will the next generation of threats set back this industry and hinder the ongoing progress they are making by enabling mobile payments, enhancing customer experiences, and developing unique and valued ecosystems?
Attend this webinar to learn how you can be better prepared for cyber threats, using advanced security solutions like Carbon Black to share threat information from within the perimeters of your organization. Using this innovative approach, you can accelerate toward the most relevant and risk-prioritized actions with dynamic machine learning, taking your cyber battle readiness to the next level.
How your organisation can benefit from the way it manages energy.
Energy costs continue to be a major contributor to UK inflation and major energy users are more exposed to these cost fluctuations than most. In the current economic climate, organisations which use effective management techniques to control their use of energy are finding it easier to reduce this important contributor to costs. This webinar will highlight the opportunities of the Carbon Economy, will explain how effective Risk Management can be used to reduce your costs and will highlight the role that good Data Management support can play in helping you to take control of energy in your organisation.
Using coal to fuel diesel engines has been investigated previously, but the technology has not yet been commercialised. This presentation reviews the previous R&D programmes on coal-fuelled diesel engines and focuses on the recent developments of the technology in its latest form, the direct injection carbon engine (DICE).Read more >
Demand Response solutions have a massive role to play in delivering secure, clean and affordable energy in the years to come. For businesses, it can provide a new source of revenue to offset rising energy costs or fund energy efficiency measures, cut carbon emissions and help to ‘keep the lights on’ across the UK.
Open Energi will provide an overview of the different types of Demand Response measures that exist and their practical applications whilst United Utilities will share their experiences of implementing a Demand Response strategy to offset rising energy costs.
Certain elements of CSR have slipped down marketing and sustainability agendas but leading brands such as Truvia and Walkers Crisps are successfully using environmental labels to build brand trust and bolster their bottom line.
But with so many labels now available on the market, what could they do for your consumers and your business?
Tune in live to our upcoming Brand Republic and ENDS webinar for a candid look at the real story:
• Do consumers actually recognise the logos and how do labels influence purchasing decisions?
• What does the latest Carbon Trust research say about how consumers engage and respond to environmental claims?
• What are the financial and time implications of implementing environmental labels?
• What is the bottom line value of using environmental labels and does this outweigh the risks?
• How can you use environmental labels to gain a competitive edge and drive sustainable long term value?
Who should attend?
Marketing, PR, Brand, Sustainability, Environmental and CSR professionals
How to defend against digital hijack of your business data, and what to do if you get hit
Cyber criminals have discovered the perfect tool to force modern business owners into the vice of extortion – drop malware onto an unsuspecting network to encrypt all the data and demand payment to provide the key to unlock the data. The attacked business has two choices; either lose access to years of data or pay a ransom to get the data back. The cyber criminals bank on the fact that businesses will pay to rescue their hijacked data.
Such attacks or ransomware are on the rise, fuelled by successful extortion payments. The types of businesses being targeted are expanding, and the delivery methods used to infect systems are becoming increasingly sophisticated. There are also many different types of malware now available; Crypto Wall also known as Crowti, Crypto Locker, FakeBSOD and The FBI scam.
Preparation is essential to surviving such attacks and monitoring of systems is needed to prevent them.
In nearly every major security breach in the past 12 months involving an actor operating from outside, endpoint compromise has been a consistent theme. Compromising endpoints is a threat vector of choice, especially for advanced actors who specifically target their victims. Indeed, Trend Micro reported that 91% of targeted attacks involved use of a spear phishing attack to gain access
During this special webcast, Jon Ramsey – Chief Technology Officer for Dell SecureWorks and, Benjamin Johnson, Chief Evangelist of Bit9/Carbon Black, discuss the realities confronting organizations today and why endpoint security is increasingly critical for security teams and leaders to address.
The webcast will provide an overview of the threat landscape, what the latest tradecraft threat actors are employing and answer why traditional detection technologies are insufficient to address the problem. The webcast will establish what endpoint capabilities are critical for detecting advanced threats and disrupting the actor’s “Kill Chain” sooner. Finally, the webcast will address what other steps organizations must take to address the risk posed by endpoints.
Our panel of experts will discuss what is meant by the "Internet of Things".Read more >
The challenge for any organisation is to decide which initiatives in the 'Green' agenda will provide the maximum impact. Unless you have an understanding of the relative energy consumption of your ICT, for example, user devices, back office server rooms and data centres, you may end up tackling your carbon load based on ‘gut instinct’ rather than hard data.
This webcast offers a practical overview of the challenges faced by any business leader; and shows how modelling your energy use across all silos in your business, including the ICT estate, can not only improve energy efficiency but reduce your carbon load and result in cost reductions and greater competitive edge.
This is the first ICTFOOTPRINT.eu's webinar. It explains how ICTFOOTPRINT.eu services work and the principal benefits for small & medium organisations to engage with low carbon footprint solutions.Read more >