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EDHEC-Risk Institute: ERI Scientific Beta announces the launch of new low carbon indices

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, becausethe 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.

For the green indices produced by ERI Scientific Beta, the idea is offer
access to short and medium-term outperformance by using consensual results
from financial research. The "green" premium, which has not yet been
scientifically and empirically demonstrated, will be able to play out as a
long-term complement to performance, butScientific Beta's green and smart
beta indices already produce performance by
relying on the consensual state-of-the-art in academia in the area of factor
investing and portfolio diversification

The exclusion from the index of the largest carbon emitters, the worst firms
in terms of carbon intensity in each sector of activity, and the largest
holders of fossil assets, guarantees that these indices have a strong
positive impact on the environment by weighing on the value of the stocks of
the excluded firms, thereby obliging them to change their strategy or their
production process in order to be removed from the exclusion list.

"We are delighted to share our expertise with ERI Scientific Beta to produce
low-carbon versions of their highly respected multi-smart factor indices. The
combination of low-carbon emissions and state-of-the-art smart factor indices
is a compelling opportunity for investors globally,
" says Maximilian Horster, Director Financial Industry at South Pole Group.

A special workshop at the EDHEC-Risk Days conference at The Brewery in London
on March 15 will address the theme of "Smart Beta&Low Carbon" bylooking at
the limitations of green stock picking, examining how to perform
financially whilst reducing the carbon footprint and presenting the
Scientific Beta Low Carbon Multi-Beta Multi-Strategy Indices

To receive a press pass to this conference, please visit theregistration
websiteor contact Joanne

As part of its policy of transferring know-how to the industry, EDHEC-Risk Institute has set up ERI Scientific Beta. ERI Scientific Beta is an original initiative which aims to favour the adoption of the latest advances in smart beta design and implementation by the whole investment industry. Its academic origin provides the foundation for its strategy: offer, in the best economic conditions possible, the smart beta solutions that are most proven scientifically with full transparency of both the methods and the associated risks.

ERI Scientific Beta, 1 George Street, #07-02, Singapore 049145. For further information, please contact: S?verine Cibelly, Tel.: +33 493 187 863,,



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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: EDHEC-Risk Institute via Globenewswire


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