Factor Investing in Paris: Managing Climate Change Risk in Portfolio Construction
Journal of Investment Management, Forthcoming
23 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2022
Date Written: March 30, 2022
The 2015 Paris Agreement is a landmark in limiting emissions and targeting global warming well below 2, preferably 1.5, degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. In this light, we investigate how to efficiently construct equity portfolios that help mitigating climate change risk but at the same time enable harvesting well-established return drivers such as value, momentum or quality. A pure reduction in greenhouse gas intensity or a divestment from fossil sectors is not necessarily leading to a better temperature alignment of a portfolio. Given the limited set of temperature-aligned assets, keeping the average temperature increase below 2 degrees comes with considerable active risks. To this end, we propose a net zero portfolio construction framework that brings temperature alignment together with a reduction in carbon intensity, while harvesting equity factor premia.
Keywords: Factor Investing, Portfolio Optimization, Sustainable Investments, Net Zero Framework, Paris Alignment
JEL Classification: G11, C61, D81
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